Richard Fahey has won this three times in the past nine years and is doubly represented today. Paul Hanagan takes the ride on INSIDE and the nicely-bred filly has the scope to go on to better things, beginning with this from her fair mark. Ventura Sands disappointed in her first season and will find this tough but it's very unusual to find a Mark Johnston entry at the bottom of a handicap so Vetvey is one to keep an eye on. Rapturous Applause makes his handicap debut and looks capable of better than he showed last year while Chadford ran a couple of decent races on fast ground in his first season. Plenty of these are fit from the all-weather and the consistent Crown Ridge may prove best of them after a good run at Lingfield last week.
Ventura Sands (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Raced keenly, tracked leading pair, driven 3f out, soon outpaced, ridden and no impression when edged right towards centre over 1f out, stayed on same pace, lost 3rd final 50 yards, 4th of 5, 7l behind Ibsaar (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
City Legend 5-1 (9-5) Pushed along to chase leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Old English (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Anddante (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 12l behind Colour Vision (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Reason To Believe (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Led early, chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to press leader and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Folly Drove (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Unwrapit (USA) 4-1 (8-13) With winner, taken to race wide after 2f, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, last of 3, 1 3/4l behind One Pursuit (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Verrazano 13-2 (8-7) Tracked leader, led after 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, switched right entering final furlong, kept on, one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Ana Emarati (9-6) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Rational Act (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Prominent, led after 1f, headed 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 8l behind Manaaber (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Rapturous Applause 16-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 11, 8l behind Captain Kolo (9-3) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Crown Ridge (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Led until over 6f out, close up until shuffled back and lost place over 3f out, only 9th 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Round Turn (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Inside 7-2fav (8-3) With leader, led halfway, headed over 1f out, gradually faded, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Double Dealer (9-7) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Freedom Trail 16-1 (9-6) Switched left after 1f, soon outpaced, last of 8, 12l behind Ace Master (9-4) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.
Eduardo 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 15, 7l behind Slumbering Sioux (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Chadford 12-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, heavily eased and pulled up final furlong, in a race won by Slumbering Sioux (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct, 15 ran.
Vetvey (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Glas Burn (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Oct.