Little strength in depth here with the weights headed by Alfresco, who has not visited the winner's enclosure for over two years now. He did show some of his old sparkle last time though after a year off on his first run for a new yard and garners respect from that performance. Sweet Talking Guy and Birdie Queen are just modest improvers at this level but both could be interesting on their respective handicap debuts whilst Marmalade Moon has just about shown enough in lowly handicap company to stake a claim. AMIS REUNIS is one that pops up in her turn however and has strong claims if forgiven an uncharacteristically poor run last time. Previous efforts looks acceptably consistent in the context of this race and the drop in trip will not inconvenience.
Alfresco 33-1 (9-2) Went left start, soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Amis Reunis 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, no headway when edged right over 2f out, 11th of 16, 16l behind Dancing Maite (8-13) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Quality Art (USA) 8-1 (9-7) In touch and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 7th of 9, 8l behind Noodles Blue Boy (10-7) at Leicester 5f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Birdie Queen 6-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon hard ridden to chase leaders, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Nurpur (9-0) at Catterick 6f fll mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jun.
Arch Walker (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 8l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Marmalade Moon 16-1 (9-3) Disputed lead until led halfway, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-0) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Sweet Talking Guy (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Renoir's Lady (9-2) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Zammy 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leader over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Munaawib (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Mystical Witch 25-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, well behind Our Ivor (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.