Pertemps Network and Calculated Risk were last seen over hurdles and both will be sharper for today's outing. King Kurt is up 6lb for a win at Haydock but is not out of this on his best form though COSMIC HALO is just preferred. Richard Fahey's charge was beaten only a length at Beverley recently which suggests he can add to his earlier win at Doncaster off today's mark. King Of Paradise is 8lb higher than when scoring over track and trip in June and this is tougher than the claimer First Sargeant won at Windsor last month.
Pertemps Networks 7-4 (10-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Stand Guard (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
King Kurt (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, just held on near finish, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul beating Snow Hill (10-0) by hd, 13 ran.
Cosmic Halo 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Maybeme (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 5-2 (9-1) Led and soon clear, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Brigadoon (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Calculated Risk 7-4fav (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Grand Liaison (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Corton Lad 13-5 (8-13) Held up in touch, took keen hold, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Prince Jock (10-0) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Swift Encounter (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 6l behind Grammar (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
First Sargeant 6-4fav (8-9) Close up, ridden over 2f out, soon switched left, effort and every chance over 1f out, hung right and led entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo clm (6) gf in Jul beating Bold And Free (9-2) by 1l, 6 ran.
Woodstock (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, outpaced over 3f out, switched inside and stayed on to chase leaders over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 6l behind Nurpur (9-9) at York 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Polar Forest 15-2 (8-5) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon switched right, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Fraserburgh (9-5) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.