BLUE DUNE looked progressive when easily landing a C&D handicap earlier this month but his young rider set too strong a pace when returning over 1m6f and that run is best ignored. He looks well enough treated to return to winning ways while Bijou Dan was beaten a distance when the selection was successful here and is finding it difficult to land an elusive 15th career success. Mason Hindmarsh found 1m5f too short at Musselburgh and should do better over this trip while Ad Value will have needed his latest run after a break and could be given a chance on his victory at Musselburgh in April. Ctappers ran poorly over hurdles last time but won a 2m2f handicap on the level at Chepstow in August so if it comes down to a real test of stamina he won't be found wanting.
Sphinx (FR) 28-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Mohawk Ridge 22-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, eased over 1f out, 9th of 13, 32l behind Bold Cuffs (9-5) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Mason Hindmarsh 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 11, 6l behind The Baronet (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Vittachi 25-1 (8-2) Dwelt, in rear, ridden 3f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 16, 11l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Ad Value (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 33l behind Passion Planet (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 5-6fav (9-4) Made all, driven clear 2f out, soon well in command, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr '10 beating Rosewood Lad (8-8) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Shaker Style (USA) 28-1 (9-5) Behind, headway 2f out, stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 9th of 15, 7l behind Cadgers Brig (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft, 11 ran.
Bijou Dan 16-1 (9-13) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along after 6f, never dangerous, 13th of 15, 38l behind Blue Dune (9-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Blue Dune 4-7fav (9-8) Led, clear with one other after 4f, driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 14l behind Musically (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Ctappers 20-1 (7-11) Held up towards rear, good headway on wide outside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th final 100 yards, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 12, 2l behind Filatore (8-4) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ferney Boy 66-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Muzey's Princess 150-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, under pressure 6f out, soon lost place, tailed off, eased well over 2f out, last of 8, well behind Maori Dancer (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.