Having been given the all-clear to resume operations, Victor Dartnall will be hopeful of a prominent showing from winning pointer Silver Commander in this. Benvolio was third in a slightly better race at Newton Abbot in the summer and could figure if handling the softer ground while Best Boy Barney needed the experience at Chepstow earlier in the month and hails from a yard in decent form. BENEFIT OF YOUTH has had a few chances but continues to run well and this may be a bit easier than recent tests. Tim Vaughan's charge can finally get off the mark here though Ballytober will improve for his run at Ascot.
Ballytober 16-1 (11-0) Not always fluent, chased clear leader, closed 5th, lost 2nd next, mistake and lost place 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, 22l behind Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Benefit Of Youth (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed before 6th, mistake 2 out, ridden and no extra last, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Joseph Mercer (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Benvolio (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway when bumped 3 out, went 3rd soon after, went 2nd before 2 out until 2 out, stayed on same pace, kept pressing for 3rd, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Fear Glic (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 26l behind The Romford Pele (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Cladding 150-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, jumped left, headway 7th, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Zakatal (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun '11.
High Ball Roller 150-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened 4 out, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Over The Rubicon (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) With leaders, reminders after 5th, chased leaders until weakened 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rainbow Haze 66-1 (10-9) Led until mistake 3 out, weakened last, 6th of 15, 22l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Sharp Suit (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Fountains Mary (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Silver Commander 7-2 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 3 out; str rn flat to ld final 100yds; drvn out, won at Bratton Down 3m ptp gf in May beating Little Cornham (11-7) by 3/4l, 15 ran.