It's difficult to knock Party Palace, who has won four times since April and continues to defy the handicapper. Staigue Fort beat Bathwick Man at Newton Abbot last month but the latter is slightly better off at the weights here and Emma Lavelle's charge has been well beaten since on softer ground at Stratford. TWELVE ROSES has had a break but looked a progressive sort in the spring and the form of his Towcester win looks solid. He may be capable of holding his own at a higher level and can make a winning return to action.
Twelve Roses 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, challenged after 3 out, led before next, clear last, eased towards finish, won at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in May beating Garryleigh (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Staigue Fort 5-1 (10-10) Mid-division on outside, ridden after 8th, went modest 4th 2 out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 32l behind Letsby Avenue (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Sep.
Kalmbeforethestorm 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden before next, closed between last 2, stayed on, held flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Plain Sailing (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Aug.
Ladies Dancing 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 9, 24l behind Taste The Wine (9-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May.
Bathwick Man 7-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, mistakes 1st and 4th, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd next, stayed on, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Party Palace 9-2 (10-8) Tracked leader, reminders after 4th, outpaced in 3rd after 3 out, ridden and rallied to lead between last 2, kept on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul beating Breaking Bits (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Sonoftheking (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 3rd until 5th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 9, 20l behind Kettlewell (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.