A quality sprint handicap in which marginal preference is for HORATIO CARTER for whom the drop in trip and soft ground should hold no fears; the shortlist of dangers is headed by Damika, Harrison George and Eton Rifles. Stall 14 may prove to be a good draw on rain-softened ground and the drop back to a sprinting trip may be exactly what this son of Bahamian Bounty needs. He normally races prominently which will suit this track and he is now just 2lb higher than his last winning mark. Thebes has had a long season and it looks to be showing now, Excusez Moi is a real character but bustling with talent, whilst Oratory is an interesting three-year-old who has been off since running in the Solario Stakes last season. Tajneed's target looks more likely to be Ayr in a few weeks time, Able Master and Harrison George are both consistent, whilst Damika looks dangerously well-handicapped and Robert Winston is an interesting jockey booking. Eton Rifles is evidently happy with some cut in the ground and Howard Johnson's progressive sprinter must be high on any shortlist despite his mark of 88 looking tough. Master Rooney hasn¿t been seen since last October; if we take his Leicester beating of the now 101-rated Swiss Diva on face value then this opening handicap mark of 88 could be very lenient. Market moves for Silver Wind or Aldermoor would look significant, however in a competitive heat is it Horatio Carter who can sail home in front.
Ishetoo 25-1 (9-0) Hampered start, in rear, headway over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, kept on, 7th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Exceptional Art (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Excusez Moi (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Behind far side, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 17, 9l behind Markab (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Aug.
Oratory (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, effort well over 1f out, soon beaten, 10th of 11, 6l behind Sri Putra (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo stks G3 (1) gd in Aug '08.
Tajneed (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Prominent, dropped to 6th before straight, soon no extra, 9th of 15, 9l behind Fit The Cove (8-10) at Galway 7f hcp 3yo+ in Aug.
Able Master (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind Bounty Box (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Horatio Carter 40-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, close up under pressure over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 13th of 19, 15l behind Laa Rayb (9-6) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Thebes 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leader far side, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Johannes (9-0) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Damika (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Raced stands side, chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 12, 4l behind Johannes (9-0) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Harrison George (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, every chance on inner approaching final 1f, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Marching Time (8-7) at Goodwood 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Sea of Leaves (USA) 14-1 (8-1) Held up in rear, not clear run inside final 2f, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 16, nk behind Bounty Box (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Knot In Wood (9-4) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Mastership (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Barons Spy (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Chased winner to 5f out, remained prominent, chased winner again 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Taqdeyr (8-11) at Warwick 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
Baldemar 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 10l behind Roker Park (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Jun.
Atlantic Story (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Led stands side group and overall leader, headed 1f out, stayed on under pressure, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Johannes (9-0) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Aldermoor (USA) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, edged right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 6l behind Bounty Box (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Master Rooney (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Close up, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct beating Swiss Diva (8-12) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Silver Wind 8-1 (9-10) Went left start, soon tracking leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and hung left from 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Brunelleschi (8-9) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.