ASHPAN SAM was drawn the wrong side in the Bronze Cup at Ayr but finished ahead of the others drawn low. He's taken to return to winning ways in this with Richard Hughes on board. Ryan Moore's presence on Joe packet also takes the eye and the latter finished ahead of Tarooq when runner-up at Haydock last time. Zhiggy's Stardust and Trinityelitedotcom are recent winners facing a tougher task in this though Take Cover is at home in this grade and finished ahead of The Confessor in the Ayr Silver Cup last time. Don Marco is a maiden winner returning from a year's absence and the betting may give the best clue to his chances.
Forest Edge (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, last of 13, 9l behind New Fforest (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Take Cover 8-1fav (9-6) Close up stand side, ridden over 1f out, no extra last 100 yards, 7th of 27, 3 1/2l behind Ancient Cross (9-10) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Ashpan Sam 10-1 (9-9) Led far side group, ridden over 1f out, headed by far side inside final furlong, kept on, finished 2nd in far side group, 6th of 27, 3 1/2l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
The Confessor 22-1 (9-4) Close up stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 27, 6l behind Ancient Cross (9-10) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Joe Packet 9-1 (9-7) Raced centre, mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Taajub (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 4 1/2l behind New Fforest (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Naabegha 25-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and good headway on inside over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well in closing stages, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Cruise Tothelimit (9-0) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Links Drive Lady 50-1 (8-13) Held up, never on terms, last of 14, 13l behind Mince (8-13) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Thunderball 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Doc Hay (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Don Marco 3-1fav (9-3) Took keen hold tracking leaders, led travelling well over 1f out, shaken up and clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct '12 beating Maid A Million (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Normal Equilibrium 14-1 (8-1) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 17, 4l behind Intibaah (9-4) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Zhiggy's Stardust 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep beating Twenty One Choice (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
Effie B 25-1 (8-8) Raced stand side tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 17, 13l behind Intibaah (9-4) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Athenian (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to dispute 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Dancheur (8-6) at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Corporal Maddox 20-1 (9-4) Raced centre, slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Baddilini 9-2 (9-4) Led on rail, ridden and narrowly headed 1f out, chased leader until winner quickened past inside final furlong, stayed on same pace in 2nd, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Rocksilla (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Quickly away, made all, clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, always holding on, unchallenged, won at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Naabegha (9-7) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Kimberella 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders stand side, one pace final furlong, finished 6th in stand side group, 10th of 27, 6l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Trinityelitedotcom (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Always prominent, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right 100 yards out, ran on, won at Warwick 6f hcp (3) gf beating Ambitious Boy (8-13) by 1l, 16 ran.
Tarooq (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Raced stand side, chased leader, headway when hung left over 1f out, chasing leaders when groups merged approaching final furlong, kept on well, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.