ACAPULCO BAY beat a big field, including Illegale and Massams Lane, over C&D earlier this month. He's 9lb higher today but has run well off much higher marks in the past and can follow up if in the same mood. Cruise In Style looked to be improving in the autumn but ran a shocker here last time and may not be very reliable while winning pointer Take Of Shoc'S has been most disappointing under Rules. It's hard to make a case for many of the others on what they've shown so far.
Take Of Shoc's (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th until ridden before 2 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Triptico (11-10) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Acapulco Bay 5-1 (10-1) Held up in mid-division, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, led on inside on long run to last, clear before last, ridden and kept on flat, always just holding on, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Midnight Spirit (11-6) by 1l, 17 ran.
Illegale (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Towards rear, hit 2 out, some headway on outside when hit last, plugged on flat, never on terms, 6th of 17, 12l behind Acapulco Bay (10-1) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Shipboard Romance (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, ridden after 4th, some headway next, weakened after 3 out, last of 10, 33l behind Mujamead (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Ballyturn Boy (IRE) 200-1 (11-6) Not fluent, always in rear, lost touch before 8th, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Open Hearted (11-13) at Folkestone 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 7-1 (10-6) Held up in last pair, struggling before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 23l behind Bazart (9-10) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up, headway when jumped left 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Johnny Owen (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Massams Lane 40-1 (9-9) Chased leader until 3rd, chased leaders until ridden 5th, weakened soon after, 9th of 17, 16l behind Acapulco Bay (10-1) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Gilded Youth 100-1 (9-11) Led, mistake and headed 6th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off when pulled up after next, in a race won by Zouti (10-13) at Towcester 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs, 10 ran.