The Name Is Frank looks almost guaranteed to run his race again with his pilot removing some useful weight and while we respect the chances of Athaakeel after her victory last time we are going to make our play with YANZA, who has been hammering on the door in his last two efforts. After finding just one too good on his last two starts including off this mark last time the pick is entitled to go one better here on his return to the venue of his only victory to date. The Name Is Frank is nothing if not consistent having made the frame in his last five starts. That sequence includes a victory two runs back and with his jockey removing five pounds from his load he's still bang in the picture. Athaakeel scored well in a seller last time and based on that run is potentially well weighted on her return to handicap company but it's not a given. Shakespeare's Son should be seen to better effect now dropping back to this trip and is one to considered for a place and Forest Dane has bits and pieces of form to suggest a challenge is in the offing. A tough end to the night with Yanza the percentage call.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Went left start, slowly into stride, always in rear, 8th of 10, 11l behind Taurus Twins (9-1) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Diddums 25-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Fault (8-11) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Athaakeel (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Oct beating Boho Chic (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Gentle Guru 11-1 (9-3) Prominent, hard ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 5l behind Perfect Act (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Yanza 16-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, soon edged left, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Loyal Royal (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Peopleton Brook 11-1 (9-4) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Tudor Prince (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Dream Express (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Behind, outpaced when hung right over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind King Of Defence (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Charles Darwin (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Loyal Royal (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Shakespeare's Son 14-1 (9-0) Raced wide close up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 22l behind La Gifted (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol.
Forest Dane 7-1 (8-8) Pulled hard, chased leaders, appeared to clip heels after 1f, headway into 2nd inside last, no chance with winner and lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Sister Clement (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Asaint Needs Brass (USA) 20-1 (8-8) Always behind, 9th of 11, 9l behind Lord Of The Reins (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Name Is Frank 3-1fav (9-3) Led, brought field to stands side rail in straight, hard ridden final furlong, no extra and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind The History Man (9-1) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Oct.