BE MY ROCK finished clear of the third when runner-up last time but had gone even closer in soft ground over a mile at Ffos Las before that. Rae Guest's filly is taken to make a winning handicap debut ahead of Albert Tatlock, a maiden winner over 6f at Redcar last month. Rocky Reef is more exposed but the handicapper refuses to relent while Gifted Dancer had to be dropped back into maiden company at Chepstow to register her first win. Baltic Bomber is a dual winner in lesser grade contests and this is also tougher than the race Outlaw Torn won at Wolverhampton recently.
Be My Rock 12-1 (8-10) Pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs.
Rocky Reef 9-2 (8-11) Close up, ridden over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind L'Hirondelle (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Albert Tatlock (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, rallied under pressure to lead again well inside final furlong, won at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Elegant Girl (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Gifted Dancer 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, driven and every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right, kept on well, won at Chepstow 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep beating Shaleek (8-9) by shd, 12 ran.
See Clearly 7-2 (8-13) Dwelt, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 10, 5l behind Clumber Place (8-10) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy.
Al's Memory (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Stumbled start, held up towards rear, moderate headway inside final furlong, 11th of 17, 5l behind Muarrab (9-4) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Cynthia Calhoun 5-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and hung right when effort over 2f out, kept on same pace final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Alnoomaas (9-9) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Red Trump (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Behind, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 12l behind Fast Finian (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Baltic Bomber (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, chased leaders on inside over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 5th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Ambitious Boy (9-2) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Soon led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and narrowly headed over 1f out, ridden and still every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Geeaitch (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Man Of My Word 40-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 11l behind Above Standard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol.
Oakbrook 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 13l behind Mango Music (9-9) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.