CATAPULT has been running well in the cheekpieces (worn here), placing twice at Southwell before scoring at Chelmsford, and another big run looks in the offing. Twilighting only found one too good on her latest start over 5f at Kempton and warrants respect stepping back up in trip, while Aiguillette and Jaganory, who was third in the aforementioned Kempton event, are others to note.
QUIET WORD failed to justify odds-on favouritism at Nottingham on debut in May, but Archie Watson's filly didn't appear to enjoy soft ground there and has enjoyed a 159-day break ahead of this return to action on Polytrack. A half-sister to a French 1m two-year-old winner, this step up in trip is also expected to bring about improvement. Stablemate Pepper Bay finished second over C&D on debut and is a half-sister to three winners, while Captivated could have much more to offer now following a disappointing debut 11 days ago.
PEARL JAM cost 330,000gns as a yearling and, being from the family of a 2,000 Guineas runner-up, will be expected to prove better than her rating of 47 sooner rather than later. The three-year-old made late progress over this trip at Chelmsford last month, and could be better suited by returning to this venue. Necoleta outran 25-1 odds to finish second on just her third handicap start 18 days ago and is respected, while course winner Cat Royale can prove best of the remainder.
COBBER KAIN has started his career with back-to-back Chelmsford victories and John Gosden's Sepoy gelding looks hard to oppose going in search of a hat-trick on his first outing in a nursery. Blausee opened her account at Yarmouth last month and is respected off a 5lb higher mark, while Atheeb and Incinerator both know how to get on the scoresheet and have shaped nicely enough over this distance of late to be considered.
KHUZAAM shaped nicely in second on his handicap bow at Yarmouth last month. Roger Varian's colt is open to further improvement and looks the answer having already landed a maiden over course and distance last December. De Vegas Kid, who has won three of his four outings this term, including when scoring at Brighton last time, has to be given plenty of respect, while Exec Chef and Trolius are others to consider.
Course-and-distance winner Sonnet Rose landed her second win of the season at Chelmsford last month and the all-weather specialist makes plenty of appeal off a 2lb higher mark. Redemptive was another to taste success on the synthetics recently, when thriving over this trip at Wolverhampton, while Devils Roc made the podium off this rating at Lingfield 13 days ago. However, a chance is taken on SERENADING, who has changed hands for some big fees in the past and could be suited by a return to 7f ahead of her handicap bow.
GARTH ROCKETT has run well on his last couple of appearances at the track and the top-weight is taken to get his head back in front for the first time since November last year. Sagittarian Wind can enter the reckoning based on the evidence of her handicap debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday, while others to note include Cristal Pallas Cat and Be Together.
ECSTASEA ran her best race to date when second in a Brighton maiden in August and the return to handicap company could see Rae Guest's filly get off the mark at the sixth attempt. Mabo arrives in decent form and is likely to be in the mix once again, while Cottingham, who was second at Leicester earlier in the month, and Seafaring Girl can fight it out for the minor honours.
The return to this trip is unlikely to inconvenience TWILIGHTING, who posted just about her best effort yet when runner-up over 5f here last time, in turn finishing clear of Jaganory in third. If able to build on that, Henry Candy's charge will have every chance of going one better. Catapult is the clear main danger on the back of his recent Chelmsford success. Miss Gradenko is best of the rest.
It's hard to get away from PEPPER BAY, who made a promising start to her career when forcing an odds-on shot to dig deep over C&D 3 weeks ago. Stablemate Quiet Word failed to live up to market expectations at Nottingham in May, but she's clearly thought capable of better and is well worth another chance. However, on this occasion Populaire and Qasbaz may provide most resistance.
ROSARNO failed to land a gamble starting out for this yard back from a break at Hamilton, but that was nevertheless his best effort for a while and the hint should be taken if he is again strong in the betting. Clipsham Tiger's latest effort at Beverley entitles him to respect, while Cat Royale also enters calculations and, if he puts his best foot forward, Incredible Dream may also be involved.
BLAUSEE improved when opening her account at Yarmouth and a 5 lb rise may not be enough to prevent her from striking again. Cobber Kain maintained his unbeaten record when landing the odds at Chelmsford, but he made heavy weather of it and more will be needed on this nursery debut. Bigger threats may be posed by Incinerator, who wasn't beaten far at Lingfield recently, and course winner Cheat.
There may well be more to come from KHUZAAM, who shaped well when returning from a break at Yarmouth. That was also his first run following a wind operation and this lightly-raced colt makes plenty of appeal off the same mark. Exec Chef is edging down the weights and is feared greatly back on the all-weather. The Emperor Within and Graphite Storm are others to consider.
The vote goes to BINT DANDY, who has been knocking on the door in recent weeks and is now 12 lb below her last winning mark. The handicapper has also shown Roman Spinner some sympathy and she is respected despite the wide draw. The consistent Sonnet Rose has to enter calculations, along with Devils Roc, while Dawaaween and Serenading both need a market check now handicapping.
GARTH ROCKETT has been given a chance by the handicapper (currently 7 lb lower than for his latest success at Lingfield last November) and he looks the way to go following a couple of solid efforts in defeat here this month. It's still early days where Sagittarian Wind is concerned and she is feared most ahead of Agent of Fortune.
There was no disgrace in MAISIE MOO's effort over a mile here when last seen in August and she could be the answer now dipping into 0-55 company. Mabo arrives here in decent form and should have a big part to play. Global Acclamation and Cottingham are others to consider, while Rock In Society will also be a threat if on a going day.