Highway Code returned to the Flat with a victory at Chepstow but has paid for that with a 12lb hike in the weights. Sporting Gold hasn't raced since opening his account in a Polytrack maiden back in January and sports headgear for the first time today. The progressive Artful Prince is upped in class and trip under a penalty after his latest win at Newcastle last week and it could pay to look outside the recent winners. Wolfs Breath and Perfect Summer have scope for improvement but another handicap debutant in OSCILATE WIDLY looks to have superior form in maidens and gets the nod.
Highway Code (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Flamingo Beat (9-3) by 4l, 17 ran.
Tawseef (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Tracked clear leading pair in 3rd, lost 3rd 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, 26l behind Sinaadi (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Sporting Gold (IRE) 4-11fav (9-3) Tracked clear leader, led over 2f out, soon hard pressed, held on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol in Jan beating Grand Theft Equine (9-5) by 1l, 7 ran.
Artful Prince 2-1fav (9-10) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 125 yards, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Dark Ruler (9-10) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Oscilate Wildly (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 9, 7l behind Speckled (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f sks (5) pol.
Wolfs Breath (TUR) 12-1 (9-0) Flashed tail keen tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 4l behind Dance King (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf.
Zhuba (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 9th of 12, 11l behind Ebony Roc (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Brasingaman Espee 16-1 (8-9) Prominent, took keen hold, led 10f out, headed over 6f out, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 16, 39l behind Scarlet Prince (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep '12.
Perfect Summer (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Outpaced, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 11, 15l behind Vicksburg (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (4) gd in Aug.
Alpine Mysteries (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7f out until over 4f out, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Runninglikethewind (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Azabitmour (FR) 13-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Arlecchino (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.