Magroom and Fiefdom are both consistent and should give their running again however ALQAAHIR won nicely here last time out and is taken to see off Red Suede Shoes. Interestingly enough jockey Tom Eaves has won this run-of-the-mill handicap for two years running so his mount Via Mia cannot be overlooked. She was picked up by current connections after filling third place in a Lingfield claimer in April and it would be no surprise were she to run well this evening. However we prefer Alqaahir who won readily here last time out. A 5lb rise in the weights for that win looks manageable and this Irish challenger should run well from a great draw. Red Suede Shoes has been in good form at Kempton and was a little unlucky to bump into the well-treated Sham Sheer last time out. He rates a player, along with the consistent Arashi and the dangerously well-handicapped Ella Woodcock. Fortunate Bid has some form from the summer that would make him of interest, however the likeliest candidate is Alqaahir who is nominated accordingly.
Illicit 66-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 30l behind Falcon Rock (9-13) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) in Jul.
Magroom 3-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Truly Asia (9-5) at Bath 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Fiefdom (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Held up towards rear, under pressure 2f out, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4l behind Ocean Legend (8-13) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Alqaahir (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Led for 1f, chased leaders, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Tourist (9-8) by 2l, 13 ran.
Red Suede Shoes 15-2 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway on outside from 2f out, kept on into 2nd final 150 yards, winner gone, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Sham Sheer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, driven along on wide outside and some headway final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 7th of 12, 8l behind Compton Blue (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Via Mia 8-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd final 50 yards, closed on front pair, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Taste Of Honey (8-4) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Arashi 15-8fav (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Kildare Sun (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ella Woodcock (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 9l behind Nevada Desert (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Great Bounder (CAN) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leader until over 6f out, remain close up, ridden over 3f out, driven and weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 15l behind Admirable Duque (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Superstitious Me (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) In touch, pushed along to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Ocean Countess (9-2) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.