Scottish Lake won a classified event here on his belated seasonal debut and first run for current connections. This is more difficult, however, and last month's Lingfield winner Paphos is preferred despite his annoying habit of being slowly away. DOZY JOE's recent form doesn't exactly fill one with confidence but he's finally dropping down a grade and with Michael Murphy's 7lb claim further helping his cause, he gets the speculative vote to get his back in front. Course winner Sunshine Always could also figure if fully tuned-up for his first start of the year.
Dozy Joe 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 25l behind Zacynthus (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Regal Approval 50-1 (9-6) Hood removed slightly late and slowly away, always trailing, tailed off, last of 12, 49l behind Go Dutch (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Paphos 7-1 (9-11) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 6l behind Junket (10-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Afkar (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) With leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Barwick (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Scottish Lake 14-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, soon prominent, led 5f out, ridden 2f out, all out, won at Kempton 1m Classified Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) (6) pol beating Conducting (9-4) by nk, 12 ran.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tariq Too (9-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Airborne Again (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders to 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 15, 12l behind Pearl Nation (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Leelu 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Little Rainbow (9-1) at Brighton 7f fll hcp (5) gs.
Spirit Of Gondree (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Set strong pace, ridden clear 3f out, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Junket (10-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Gracie's Games 11-2 (8-5) Pushed along towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Clearing House 100-1 (7-13) Awkwardly away and rider lost iron briefly leaving stalls, raced centre tracked leaders, merged with stands' side 3f out, soon weakened, in rear when rider lost iron near finish, last of 10, 33l behind Copperwood (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.