Habitual front-runner Australia Day has finished second over hurdles since his run at Ripon and will, no doubt, try and make all again. But you'd expect a couple of these to prove too strong in the closing stages. La Bacouetteuse stays well and will profit from a fast pace while Late Shipment won at Newmarket before finishing third over this trip at Nottingham. ARANTES has always looked as though he'd be suited by a staying trip and gets his chance to prove the theory today. He has yet to win on Turf but has rarely been beaten far and has form in better company than this. Laughing Jack could be the pick of the remainder.
Australia Day (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Took keen hold tracking leader, pushed along over 3f out, never travelling well after, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, soon weakened, eased when beaten inside final furlong, last of 5, 12l behind Xinbama (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Ebony Express 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd last 150 yards, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Special Fighter (8-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Laughing Jack 16-1 (9-9) Dwelt in touch, tracked leader 8f out, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 18l behind Yaakooum (8-12) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Mohawk Ridge 16-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 5f out, pushed along over 4f out, soon lost place, 6th of 8, 24l behind Calaf (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 12-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, never a threat, 6th of 8, 12l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Late Shipment 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Tiger Lilly (8-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Arantes 7-2 (9-9) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, stayed on, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Grand Meister (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcap (4) pol.
A Southside Boy (GER) 4-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Point The Toes (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.