Neil Mulholland's string is in fine form and The Young Master should go well for the yard despite the steadier of top weight, albeit offset by the 5lb claim of the talented Conor Shoemark who partnered the gelding to success last time against the in-form Brass Monkey. It is reasonable to assume there is more to come from the four-year-old but CRUISING BYE receives narrow preference. The Bowen charge progressed nicely through the summer months and looks the one to beat with the proviso that the rains stay away. Midnight Mustang has place possibilities while any money for Sonoftheking would be interesting with the Hobbs team in such good form. He initially looked a promising type and it's far too early to write him off yet, especially in this grade.
The Young Master 4-1 (11-4) Led, headed after 3rd, pushed along before 9th, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy beating Brass Monkey (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sonoftheking (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Misakes and always towards rear, 10th of 17, 28l behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Matako (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, hampered 5th, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 14, 37l behind Silver Dragon (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Master Cardor Visa (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, hit 4th, behind 8th, 8th of 17, 36l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Cruising Bye 14-1 (10-0) Blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft, 17 ran.
Rigolo Ville (FR) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, soon outpaced, never on terms, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 24l behind Brass Monkey (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Cash Injection 20-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 16, 22l behind Bathwick Junior (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Salut L'as (FR) 33-1 (11-10) Prominent on inner, soon close up, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 7, 45l behind Brave Buck (12-2) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Free Falling 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway after, 5th 3 out, no impression, weakened flat, 5th of 17, 14l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
North London 12-1 (10-12) Held up, jumped left and bumped 1st, headway before 5th, led approaching 2 out, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Sep beating Chankillo (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Midnight Mustang 8-1 (10-9) Prominent, led before 8th, headed approaching 3 out, 4th and no extra last, 4th of 17, 13l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Lansdowne Princess 12-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, hit last, no extra towards finish, 5th of 16, 8l behind Carhue Princess (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gs.
Trakeur (FR) 25-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, ridden and weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Brass Monkey (11-5) at Stratford 2m 6f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Petrarchick (USA) 7-1 (9-9) Last pair, not fluent and reminders after 7th, behind and struggling after 9th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Shalamiyr (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft, 6 ran.
Night Of Passion (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake and hampered 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Carhue Princess (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gs.
Pearl (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders until after 3 out, 7th of 16, 44l behind Hobb's Dream (10-9) at Taunton 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan '12.