RASSELAS scored by three lengths at last week's meeting here when landing an apprentices' race. He's a winner without a penalty and preferred to Deliberation, though the latter won at the same meeting with Goninodaethat and Viking Warrior behind and should be thereabouts again. Lil Sophella also went close here last week when runner-up ahead of Eilean Mor while Monsieur Pontaven is another with claims on his recent second at Chepstow.
Rasselas (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led on inside 2f out, soon ridden, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, easily, won at Ayr 1m app hcp (6) gd beating High Resolution (9-4) by 3l, 10 ran.
Last Supper 25-1 (8-3) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, lost place over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 8, 6l behind Caldercruix (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Aug.
Deliberation (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Raced keenly, led for 2f, chased leader until 3f out, ridden to lead again 2f out, kept on well, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Maillot Jaune (8-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Goninodaethat 12-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Lil Sophella (IRE) 11-4fav (8-11) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 2f out, soon switched right, went 2nd over 1f out, led narrowly entering final furlong, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Natures Law (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden and hung left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 8l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Imperial Bond 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Dawn Calling (9-5) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Clumber Place 9-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Lil Sophella (8-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Hellbender (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Galilee Chapel (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Barton Bounty (9-4) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Monsieur Pontaven 7-1 (8-12) In rear, headway over 2f out, pressd winner inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Viennese Verse (9-2) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Echo Of Lightning 40-1 (8-2) Led, hung badly right over 4f out, ran very wide and headed over 3f out, raced alone stands side, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 14l behind The Scuttler (8-13) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Baraboy (IRE) 22-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 10l behind Uncle Brit (9-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Eilean Mor 15-2 (8-4) Towards rear, headway under pressure and switched left entering final 2f, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Natures Law (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.