LITTLE SCOTLAND is one of two in for Richard Fahey and with Paul Hanagan electing to ride him, we are confident that he can defy the 6lb penalty accrued for victory at Newcastle. Nevertheless, Coolminx is not without claims having gone close on a couple of occasions and off the same mark as he raced off at Newcastle. She raced at Ayr on Friday. Ming Meng won readily at Hamilton so the course and distance scorer will be on many shortlists. La Zamora is respected from a yard doing well with its sprinters; Waveband is a credit to his stable whilst Lewyn, who showed promise on the all-weather, has not looked the same on the turf. Vitoria won this race last year though has to repeat the dose off a 7lb higher mark.
Vitoria (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 15l behind Bounty Box (9-0) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
Waveband 25-1 (9-0) Led until 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 12, 17l behind Navajo Chief (9-7) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Coolminx (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders on inside, switched right when not clear run inside final 2f and over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to go 2nd near finish, finished well, just failed, 2nd of 8, nk behind Flaneur (8-7) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Little Scotland 11-2 (8-6) Held up towards rear in touch, headway on outside 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well to go clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Mistic Magic (9-7) by 6l, 7 ran.
La Zamora 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 18th of 19, 17l behind Baby Strange (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Lewyn 50-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Esprit De Midas (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Ursula (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway well over 1f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Great Charm (9-4) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Hansomis (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, no impression, 7th of 10, 5l behind Lord Aeryn (9-1) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ming Meng (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Hamilton 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in Aug beating Red Roar (8-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Eternal Instinct 9-2 (9-0) Went right start, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, kept on inside final furlong, never a threat, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Music Festival (8-6) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.