The formbook suggests that SPIRIT MISSION should find this level of competition to his liking and he is taken to break his duck. Grand Minister is unexposed and has displayed promise on two starts so far, while Spend It could be the one for place backers.
HERUNBRIDLEDPOWER and Parasail both bid for hat-tricks and can contest the finish with marginal preference for the former, a mare with an impressive strike-rate. Asem, third behind the selection latest, is another to bear in mind.
FIRE WHEN READY has been highly tried in his short career to date and this appears to be a gilt-edged opportunity for him to gain a third career victory. King Abner has proven consistent since winning at Churchill Downs in June and can land the forecast ahead of Perfect Wager.
EMMY AND I has been campaigned in more illustrious company for most of her career and this event appears well within her compass. Last-time-out scorer Ciao Luna and the consistent Princess Kendra can slug it out for the minor money.
JOHNNY RAY had Captain N. Barron one place behind when chasing home Rocinante here earlier this month and is fancied to win that particular argument once again. Iron Curtain may fare best of the rest.
SATRAPA's debut effort at Del Mar last month sets the standard and Hector Palma's gelding is expected to go one better. Bless His Heart and Goldie's Hills are less exposed than some of the opposition and can fight it out for the consolation money.
ANAMONTANA has not been sighted since running unplaced at Los Alamitos back in March, but Jesus Nunez's filly has a good strike-rate and can return to winning ways in this company. Family Rules tends to run her race and should be in the mix, while Holidayincambodia is another with possibilities.
I'll Wrap It Up is becoming expensive to follow having failed as favourite on his last three outings, but he had excuses for his latest reverse after falling over a rival, and cannot be dismissed. Preference, however, is for KENNY BENNY, who has winning form in more competitive events. Nova rates best of the rest.
LA WAUN has been performing with credit at a decent level and gets a narrow vote in a competitive event. Very Very Stella hit the crossbar in a similar race back in July and rates a live danger, while last-time-out victor Arch Prince can also feature.
LOVE YOUR LIFE had Rock N Doc one place behind when a silver medallist here earlier this month. The four-year-old has not won since romping to victory here in May, but he appears to be coming to the boil nicely and can regain the winning thread. Bourque is eased in class and completes the shortlist.