SATWA MOON does not look to be the best handicapped horse in the world but we know that he handles the surface and having exhibited a reasonable level of form at this track in the past, we are happy to put him up as the selection today. Buddy Holly is taking a leap in the dark as far as the trip is concerned though it is interesting that connections have elected to continue in search of it. Foxhaven won a claimer at Newbury though was much better grade than this before infirmity stopped him seeing the racecourse. Incendo was hammered by the handicapper for victory at Leicester and might need some respite. Clear Reef is better known on the all-weather surfaces but he does stay much further than this 1m4f trip and it would be no surprise the hold up performer plugging on at the death. Powerful Melody is open to improvement.
Satwa Moon (USA) 7-1 (9-2) Soon prominent on outside, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 16, 4l behind The Fonz (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Incendo 8-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 9, 18l behind Kansai Spirit (9-8) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Veloso (FR) 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leading trio, niggled along 5f out, outpaced 3f out, no chance after, 5th of 7, 11l behind Rangefinder (10-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Foxhaven 12-1 (10-9) Raced wide intouch, ridden and hung left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 10l behind Maybe I Wont (9-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Buddy Holly 10-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, effort well over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 11, 6l behind Broughtons Swinger (8-0) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Clear Reef 7-4fav (9-4) 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Benjamin (9-4) at Clairefontaine(FR) 1m 6f clm stks sft in Aug.
Trachonitis (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Towards rear, short lived effort on inside over 2f out, 9th of 14, 9l behind Home Advantage (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Powerful Melody (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Bowdler's Magic (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Zahoo (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, switched left and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Contredanse (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Dove Cottage (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Led over 10f out, clear soon after for a short while, ridden 3f out, headed well over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Jasmeno (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.