Gallant Eagle is consistent enough and has dropped to a fair mark though he doesn't win very often. Cultural Desert hasn't done as well on soft ground recently after scoring on fast going at Salisbury, while Ancient Greece and Encore Un Fois are very closely matched again after fighting out the finish at Brighton. The lightly-raced Russian Affair makes his handicap debut and is respected while Mr Udagawa is attempting a C&D hat-trick and is clearly in great heart on this sort of ground. HIGH ON THE HOG looked on the upgrade when scoring on soft going at Brighton but flopped there on faster ground a week later. Today's conditions should be ideal and he's taken to get back on track.
Osgood 85-40fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened last 100 yards, 4th of 6, 5l behind You've Been Mowed (8-4) at Hamilton 1m 1f clm stks (6) sft.
Ancient Greece 33-1 (9-6) Mi-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating Encore Un Fois (9-0) by shd, 11 ran.
Gallant Eagle (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Kakapuka (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Menadati (USA) 14-1 (9-6) In rear, short lived effort over 2f out, last of 9, 13l behind Azameera (9-7) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Russian Affair 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance approaching final furlong, faded close home, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Backstreet Fighter (8-12) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Cultural Desert 5-1 (8-10) Pulled hard, with leader, weakened well over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Pat's Legacy (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Dr Wintringham (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 9l behind Dazakhee (9-2) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol.
High On The Hog (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, soon lost place, 6th of 9, 5l behind Mandhooma (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Mr Udagawa 15-2 (9-10) Prominent centre, led and edged left over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, held on close home, all out, won at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Advertise (9-2) by hd, 11 ran.
Final Verse 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leader until ridden halfway, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 41l behind Ancient Greece (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Encore Un Fois 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 11, shd behind Ancient Greece (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Bidable 12-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 24l behind Bowsers Brave (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Duquesa (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden, headway and edged left over 1f out, ran on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Midas Moment (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ashkalara 8-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Satwa Pearl (9-12) at Ffos Las 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs.