A very competitive contest for the track and DUSTER is taken to repeat his recent course and distance success at the main expense of Glen Shiel, Earlsmedic and Cornus. The Hughie Morrison-trained selection was able to improve upon a decent Lingfield reappearance run to defy a 4lb higher mark in comfortable fashion here last time. Trip and ground are ideal for the gelding, who won with a fair bit in hand and looks capable of defying another 7lb hike. Glen Shiel is another relatively unexposed performer who was hindered by the draw at Kempton last time and had previously looked useful when scoring at Ayr. He should be able to show his true colours this time and is a threat. Stuart Williams saddles Earlsmedic, who is very well handicapped on form of not so long ago and will appreciate conditions, so if there is money for him we must take note. Cornus carries a 6lb penalty for winning at Thirsk, where he grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck, and if able to dominate then he could go close. If they turn up after entries at Warwick on Thursday then both Beat The Bell and Alfresco have to be considered, but Duster can clean up.
Hamoody (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Raced stands side, mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on same pace, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Cornus (8-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Beat The Bell 13-8fav (9-6) With leader, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Night Affair (9-0) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in May.
Peter Island (FR) (10-5) 98th of 12, 13l behind Mister Chop (10-5) at Chantilly(FR) 6f stk sft in May.
Rash Judgement 12-1 (8-13) Raced on rail, never better than mid-division, 9th of 14, 11l behind Arthur's Edge (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct.
Beaver Patrol (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Close up in 4th, ridden and pressed leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Victorian Bounty 7-1 (9-7) With leader, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 15, 1 1/4l behind Gwilym (8-10) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Silver Wind 9-4 (9-10) Chased leaders on outside, chased leader 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance when rider dropped whip well over 1f out, chased winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-4) at Folkestone 6f clm stks (6) gf.
Earlsmedic 20-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, soon well beaten, last of 15, 19l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Lujeanie 40-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on well to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Gwilym (8-10) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Glen Shiel (USA) 15-2 (9-3) Chased leading pair, ridden 2f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 7, 8l behind Addictive Dream (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Duster 5-2 (8-10) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Planet Red (9-6) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cornus 28-1 (8-7) Raced stand side, behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Legal Eagle (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Chat De La Burg (USA) Evensfav (9-3) Chased leading pair, ridden to chase clear leader over 1f out, closed inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating La Fortunata (8-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Alfresco 4-1 (8-7) Raced keenly in touch, progress to chase clear leader halfway, soon switched left to race against stands side rail, led over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, all out, won at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May beating Kyllachy Storm (8-8) by nk, 8 ran.