FLAG OFFICER, a dual Polytrack winner in 2010, ran only twice last season with his second to Sea Moon at York in June an outstanding effort as the winner won a Group 2 and was placed twice at Group 1 level subsequently. The Godolphin colt is thrown in here despite a 9lb rise and if fit after a long break should take this. The consistent Absinthe has been in fine form over hurdles and has improved since missing the break and finishing well beaten in this a year ago. King's Warrior, a winner on soft ground in France, made a bright start for Peter Chapple-Hyam at Doncaster and it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake-up and though Robemaker was a little disappointing at Nottingham he didn't get the clearest of runs and today's longer trip will suit. Area Fifty One was in very good form throughout the last campaign, though at a lower level, and Cry Fury also warrants a second look.
Opera Gal (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led, clear halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Hunter's Light (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Cry Fury 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders when groups merged over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 24th of 32, 13l behind Prince Of Johanne (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Flag Officer 7-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, hung right to stands rail final furlong, no extra and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Sea Moon (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Oceanway (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders early, dropped into mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 23l behind Right Step (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Apr.
Pekan Star 13-2fav (8-13) Raced keenly in mid-division, effort when hung left over 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 23, 17l behind Zuider Zee (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
King's Warrior (FR) 16-1 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind War Poet (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Absinthe (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, headway to chase leaders 8f out, stayed on to 2nd over 1f out, ridden and no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Demolition (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Robemaker 5-1fav (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on, nearest finish, 5th of 15, 6l behind Neutrafa (8-8) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Area Fifty One 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final 2f, drew clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct beating Hunter Forward (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Bells O Peover 18-1 (8-11) Keen tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 15l behind Midsummer Sun (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Call To Reason (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Close up when short of room and dropped to mid-division after 1f, ridden and switched right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 31l behind Neutrafa (8-8) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.