Captain Sharpe and Lac Sacre won their respective divisions of a handicap over course and distance last time. The former had won over hurdles before that and has obvious claims in his current form, but Lac Sacre will do well to confirm running with third-placed NOOR AL HAYA. The latter was having his first start since November on that occasion and can take his revenge on slightly better terms. Princesse Fleur won a maiden over 2m2f here in August and Glens Wobbly will figure if repeating his second at Bath in September.
Captain Sharpe 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, challenged over 1f out, pressed leader inside final furlong, kept on to lead post, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Cropley (9-5) by ns, 7 ran.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Waving (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Superciliary 5-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden well over 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased, 7th of 8, 8l behind Newtown Cross (8-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Noor Al Haya (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) In rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Lac Sacre (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Princesse Fleur 9-4 (8-11) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden clear over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Chapter Five (9-6) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug.
Host The Band 12-1 (9-0) Stumbled soon after start, headway on outer to track winner over 9f out until ridden over 5f out, soon lost place, plugged on final furlong, 4th of 7, 28l behind Solarmaite (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Sweeping Rock (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 12l behind Anjuna Beach (9-6) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr.
Scripturist 16-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Lac Sacre (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Hector's House 33-1 (8-11) In rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 28l behind Captain Sharpe (9-3) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Lac Sacre (FR) 5-4fav (8-7) Pushed along towards rear, headway over 5f out, went 3rd over 4f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Bute Street (9-6) by 1l, 9 ran.
Glens Wobbly 17-2 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, headway on wide outside halfway, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f olut, ridden and headed ovver 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Cabuchon (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Chief Executive (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, hampered over 1f out, 13th of 14, 21l behind Hussar Ballad (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Karl Marx (IRE) 16-1 (7-10) Soon pushed along in mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, went moderate 3rd near finish, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Knight's Parade (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.