The penny has dropped with TWENTY ONE CHOICE this season and he arrives in search of a hat-trick after wins at Kempton and Musselburgh. A penalty may not be enough to prevent him going in again in this company and he's preferred to Aarti, a losing favourite on three occasions in maiden company and stepping back up in trip. Exceedexpectations needed a longer trip to get his head in front at this track last month and Rockme Cockney has developed two ways of running but is due one of his better efforts today. Norlander is not as bad as his latest defeat suggests as that came in heavy ground.
Twenty One Choice (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, smooth headway to challenge on outside 2f out, shaken up to lead 1f out, pushed out, well in command when eased near finish, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Outlaw Torn (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Aarti (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Keen prominent, ridden 2f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, held when hampered and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Sushi (8-12) at Lingfield 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Exceedexpectations 13-8fav (9-6) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2l behind Graylyn Valentino (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Rockme Cockney 7-1 (9-1) Soon led, set strong pace and pressed, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased leaders, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Compton Crofter (7-12) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Lady Bellatrix 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd on inside 2f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Light Burst (9-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Aureolin Gulf 33-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, last of 8, 26l behind Right Result (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Crown Dependency (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 12, 11l behind Raffinn (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lord Paget 20-1 (8-1) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 9l behind Fast Finian (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Shahrazad 33-1 (9-0) Led 2f, tracked winner to over 3f out, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 15l behind Khazeena (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Norlander 6-1 (8-10) Chased winner until pushed along 3f out, chased leaders, driven over 2f out, soon beaten, 6th of 10, 21l behind Nezami (9-11) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Emma Jean (IRE) 22-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 13l behind Offbeat Safaris (9-0) at Chepstow 7f app sell stks (6) gd.
Monty Fay (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Reared badly as stalls opened and got head over side of gate, lost all chance, tailed off throughout, last of 8, 20l behind Trending (8-6) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.