Michael Bell has had a couple of winners in the last week and Crunched may be fighting fit on his reappearance, but Potentiale usually needs his first run of the season. Loyaliste is without a win but lightly-raced and open to improvement, while Free Tussy has been threatening to put an end to his long losing run recently. However, UNDERSTORY is back on a winning mark and is dropped in class today after finishing fifth at Lingfield last time. That race is working out well with the runner-up Baylini scoring at the weekend and Tim McCarthy's charge is fancied to return to winning ways here.
Crunched 7-4fav (9-7) Tracked winner throughout, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Mushreq (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Potentiale (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Talenti (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Understory (USA) 33-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 7f out, headed 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Fanditha (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Morning Chief (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Tracked leader after 1f, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 10l behind Mustakmil (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Loyaliste (FR) 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon headed, every chance and clear with winner over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Albertus Pictor (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Free Tussy (ARG) 11-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, rallied, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Prince Apollo (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Tilsworth Glenboy 25-1 (8-12) Held up well in rear, effort on outside well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 5th of 10, 14l behind Round Won (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Dark Ranger 8-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway on inside and switched left over 3f out, chased leaders inside final 2f, driven and stayed on inside final furlong to lead near line, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd in Aug beating Chantilly Pearl (9-7) by hd, 11 ran.