Mark Coumbe reduces part of the 7lb rise CROQUEMBOUCHE received for winning at Windsor last month. Combined with today's drop in class, Ed De Giles' charge should be good enough to follow up. Derwent won over a mile back in May and tries a longer trip after a couple of subsequent failures while Xinbama has struggled off a higher mark since landing a double at Epsom in July. The remainder are harder to fancy with The Cayterers well beaten at Doncaster on Friday.
Ed De Gas 20-1 (9-11) Keen held up, effort over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 7th of 9, 9l behind Urban Dance (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Croquembouche (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Made all and set good pace, steadied tempo approaching halfway, kicked on 3f out and clear, joined and strongly pressed 1f out, pulled out extra inside final furlong, in command after, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug beating Regal Silk (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
The Cayterers 20-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Super Say (10-0) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Xinbama (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Break Rank (9-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Derwent (USA) 9-2 (9-6) Held up in last pair, plugged on final 2f, never involved, 7th of 10, 13l behind Ogbourne Downs (9-2) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Dandy (GER) 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division on outside, headway to 3rd 7f out, disputing 2nd and every chance 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Opera Box (9-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Nazreef 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders 5f, soon behind, last of 15, 23l behind Graphic (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol.
Tuscan Fun 9-2 (9-0) In touch in mid-division, ridden and edged left over 3f out, well beaten final 2f, 9th of 12, 42l behind Arc Light (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.