NORTH POLE took his time to get his act together but did so when winning at Brighton on Tuesday. Today's opposition look no great shakes and Sir Mark Prescott's charge is taken to defy a penalty. Pilates attempts a longer trip after returning a losing favourite over 6f at Nottingham and Danz Choice also let down favourite backers when finishing a modest fifth at Salisbury last week. The latter gets first-time blinkers and makes more appeal than Konzert but The Scuttler may well figure dropping back down in distance.
Danz Choice (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 4l behind Perfect Mission (9-11) at Salisbury 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
The Scuttler (IRE) 3-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, effort when short of room well over 1f out, weakening when hampered inside final furlong, last of 3, 7l behind Aneedh (9-1) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm.
Konzert (ITY) 25-1 (8-9) Raced wide keen soon pressed leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 12l behind Topamichi (8-13) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
North Pole 2-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged left 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Pour La Victoire (8-1) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Pilates (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Chased clear leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Ambitious Icarus (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.