This looks between the top two in the weights. BRASS MONKEY bids for a hat-trick after victories at Stratford and last week at Southwell. He beat the re-opposing The Young Master three lengths last time and is fancied to confirm superiority despite the worse terms. Phar Away Island was beaten only a length at Plumpton recently and looks the chief threat to the principals as the likes of Bredon Hill Lad and Head Spin are making their seasonal debuts.
Brass Monkey (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon challenged, led between last 2, ridden clear flat, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating The Young Master (11-8) by 3l, 7 ran.
The Young Master 16-1 (11-8) Raced keenly, tracked leader, outpaced in 3rd before 2 out, rallied approaching last, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Brass Monkey (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Boy Of Boru (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leading pair, chased winner 4 out, challenged next, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 37l behind Heronry (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Head Spin (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Held up in last pair, headway on outside under pressure before 3 out, never reached leaders and weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 23l behind Signed Request (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Millenarys Lady (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Held up, brought down 3rd, in a race won by On The Feather (11-10) at Stratford 2m 3f (5) gf in Sep, 8 ran.
Bredon Hill Lad 7-2fav (10-4) Mid-division, mistakes throughout, headway to chase leaders 8th, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 7l behind Ahhdehken (9-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Phar Away Island (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up, blundered 8th, 4th and ridden 9th, went 10 lengths 2nd 2 out until switched left when closing flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Peter Muck 14-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, well behind Run Along Boy (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Haling Park (UAE) 33-1 (10-2) Towards rear, ridden after 4th, behind next, tailed off, 6th of 11, 36l behind Stadium Of Light (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Lara Dora (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) In rear, behind 5th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Stadium Of Light (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Oct, 11 ran.