It looks like its the right time for EMPEROR'S WELL to come good once more, while Follow The Sun and Tropical Duke can both go close. The Mick Easterby-trained selection has won three times at the track, and although he has been more of a miler over the years, he has won over this trip here and he relishes fast ground. He has won from higher marks than today's on several occasions and he might just have another race in him over this longer trip. Royal Fantasy has had stacks of chances, and although also on a decent mark it looks like taking a bit more than a first-time visor to see him return to winning ways. Follow The Sun is back on the same mark as when landing a maiden handicap last season and is not without a chance, although he has probably shown his best form on softer ground. Rains Stops Play should get very competitive with conditions to suit and a handy enough mark, while Pretty Officer won over this trip at Yarmouth a couple of starts back and loves to hear her hooves rattle, so she cannot be discounted from 3lbs higher. Emperor's Well is the one for us.
Call Of Duty (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 3f out, never on terms, 10th of 11, 27l behind Promise Maker (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Royal Fantasy (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Disputed lead early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Baltimore Jack (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Pretty Officer (USA) 4-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Miss Mojito (8-12) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Follow The Sun (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden over 2f out, hanging left when headway entering final furlong, no impression on leaders, 4th of 12, 7l behind Cheers For Thea (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Rain Stops Play (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 15, 4l behind Daaweitza (10-11) at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Emperor's Well 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Wiseman's Diamond (10-7) at Beverley 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Moon Money (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, ridden along in rear, well behind halfway, 9th of 10, 16l behind Ishiadancer (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Tropical Duke (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Mid-division, headway 5f out, wandered inside final 2f, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Pacific Bay (8-5) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gf.
Mojeerr 25-1 (8-7) Never better than mid-division, 10th of 13, 16l behind Why Nee Amy (8-5) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gf.
Doctor Of Music (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, reminders 7f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 20l behind Poyle Meg (8-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Fitzwarren 100-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 15th of 18, 14l behind Just Sam (9-0) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
McCormack (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, effort 2f out, soon edged left and weakened, 6th of 12, 16l behind Pacific Bay (8-5) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gf.
College Land Boy 100-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 5f out, weakened 3f out, 14th of 16, 32l behind Red Fama (9-11) at Redcar 1m 6f hcap (6) gs in Sep '08.
Mycenean Prince (USA) 100-1 (9-9) Mid-division, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 18l behind Inspector Clouseau (10-0) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Antipodean (UAE) 80-1 (8-3) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 14l behind Royal Dignitary (9-10) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) fm in Aug.