Arashi never figured at Nottingham last time but had landed a double over track and trip before that. He beat JEZZA on one of those occasions but the latter re-opposes on better terms and is taken to turn the tables and come out best this time. Markami won over 1m5f before running as though something was amiss at this track last month while Goldan Jess won over hurdles in August but has been raised 9lb for an earlier win on the Flat at Ayr. Dumbfounded could be thereabouts once again but usually finds at least one too good.
Kent Ragstone (USA) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 15l behind Certavi (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Arashi 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 6l behind Hallstatt (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Markami (FR) 5-1fav (8-10) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 12, 30l behind Spice Fair (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Poitin 7-1 (9-5) Close up, lost place 12f out, effort 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 14l behind Sir Frank Morgan (9-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Dumbfounded (FR) 15-8fav (8-10) Steadied start, held up in last pair, steady headway between horses over 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, every chance over 1f out, one pace when edged left entering final furlong, took 2nd final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Royal Alcor (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Albonny (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Dwelt, in touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 14l behind Moidore (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Made all, clear over 3f out, eased heavily inside final furlong, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug beating Sohcahtoa (9-2) by 8l, 7 ran.
Jezza 14-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Annaluna (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Reggie Perrin 20-1 (8-9) In touch, hard driven over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 1l behind Comedy House (8-11) at Lingfield 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul '13.