Upcountry showed promise on his debut on soft ground at Newmarket last month and looks a leading contender with that experience under his belt. Russian Affair has also shown enough to suggest he can make his presence felt, but General Synod has disappointed in a couple of starts since returning from a lay-off and gets first-time headgear today. Newcomer Mufasa Rules is a brother to a winner on the all-weather and is worth noting, but Luca Cumani has an impressive strike rate with his three-year-olds at this track and SEMMSU is fancied to go one better than when a close-up second over C&D in July. 4.20
Fleetwoodmaxi (USA) 33-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway on rails over 2f out, staying on same pace when not much room inside final furlong, tenderly handled after, 5th of 13, 9l behind Orpen'arry (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
General Synod 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Trumpington Street (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Master Jack Avonbridge gelding out of Inch By Inch.
Mufasa Rules (USA) Tale Of The Cat gelding out of Royal Shyness.
Russian Affair 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance approaching final furlong, faded close home, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Backstreet Fighter (8-12) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Semmsu (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on rail, switched left over 1f out, soon 3rd and not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Orpen'arry (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Upcountry 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt keen in touch, switched right 2f out, headway soon after, stayed to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tanaami (8-12) at Newmarket 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Aug.
Kampai 16-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear, never on terms, 8th of 12, 15l behind Eclipseoftheheart (8-12) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Sleep Dance 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt held up towards rear, ridden halfway, headway entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Suzy Alexander (9-0) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gd.