HOOF IT finished third in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock last month, a length ahead of fifth Soul with Kavanagh and Heeraat further behind. He wasn't disgraced under a big weight in the Ayr Gold Cup subsequently and could be good enough here reunited with Kieren Fallon, though it's more than two years since the six-year-old last won a race. Soul was well behind Hitchens in a Listed race at Chester earlier when David Barron's charge beat Intransigent by half-a-length. That form should be confirmed here while it would be no surprise to see Jimmy Styles run well on his return from a break. Ladyship is also worth a second look as she ran well in this grade at Goodwood before winning over today's trip at Newmarket. Farmleigh House went very close at the Curragh last month but finished behind Tropics in a Listed race at Newmarket the time before.
Heeraat (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Raced towards far side prominent, ridden and weakened quickly over 1f out, 12th of 13, 22l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Hitchens (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Soon tracked leaders, switched a bit inside final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 7th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Russian Soul (9-5) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Victory Laurel (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) 8th of 9, 6l behind Mirza (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, steady headway 2f out, weaved through over 1f out, strong run to 2nd in closing stages, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Pearl Ice (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Farmleigh House (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Close up throughout, 3rd for much, kept on well under pressure final furlong, just failed, 3rd of 13, hd behind Russian Soul (9-5) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Free Wheeling (AUS) 5-1 (9-2) Raced centre in touch, headway and edged right to stand side 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 5l behind Tawhid (8-13) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Hoof It 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders stand side, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 8th of 26, 4 1/2l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Intransigent 15-8fav (8-12) In touch in 4th, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, eased towards finish, won at Haydock 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep beating Firebeam (8-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Jimmy Styles 5-1 (9-12) Prominent, pushed along in 2nd 2f out, dropped to 7th and no extra 1f out, 14th of 16, 8l behind Hitchens (9-9) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Kavanagh (SAF) 50-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 13, 9l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Morache Music 11-4 (8-9) Close up in last place, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Royal Rock (8-9) at Yarmouth 6f cond Stakes (3) gs in Sep.
Prodigality 14-1 (9-4) Raced far side chased leader, ridden to lead far side group over 1f out, no chance with stand side, 13th of 21, 7l behind Angels Will Fall (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Secret Witness 12-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway when hampered over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 6l behind Demora (8-11) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Soul (AUS) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 5l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Tiddliwinks 4-1fav (8-9) Broke well, soon pushed along in mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Rocky Ground (8-8) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Tropics (USA) 6-1fav (9-7) Towards rear stand side, never a factor, 23rd of 26, 22l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Music Master 16-1 (9-0) Chased leader until over 1f out, chased leaders until weakened final 110 yards, 8th of 18, 6l behind Magic City (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Ladyship 11-4fav (9-7) In touch, headway halfway to track leaders, ridden 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Misplaced Fortune (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.