Showtime Star returns to maiden company after a disappointing effort over 5f at Catterick. He's well clear of Bannock Town and Lady Calantha on official handicap ratings but BIFOCAL may improve past him. The latter has been placed in both starts to date including over track and trip on his seasonal debut and is also preferred to stablemate Clabare. Oriental Heights looks up against it.
Showtime Star 9-2 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, bumped over 1f out, no real progress, 7th of 13, 6l behind Perfect Words (9-3) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Bannock Town 80-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened and behind, last of 6, 28l behind In Focus (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bifocal 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Epic Voyage (9-5) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Clabare 25-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 38l behind Bold Captain (9-3) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Lady Calantha 66-1 (9-0) Propped start, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 7, 14l behind Daring Dragon (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Oriental Heights 50-1 (9-0) Held up behind, switched right towards stands rail after 1f, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 7, 10l behind Crazy Chic (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo mdn (4) gd.