Delft isn't out of this back on the Polytrack as he went close at Newmarket in July while Speightowns Kid was beaten less than a length over C&D on his penultimate start albeit in a lower grade. Impel has gone off the boil since scoring over track and trip and the same can be said of Dark Castle although the latter was having his first run since May at Haydock earlier this month. ERTIKAAN gave notice that he was set for a return to winning ways when runner-up at Bath last time and Ron Harris' charge makes most appeal in this.
Ertikaan 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Barons Spy (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Dark Castle 9-1 (9-3) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, one pace, 11th of 16, 5l behind Escape To Glory (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Tagula Night (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 7l behind Intransigent (9-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Desert Strike 4-1 (9-5) Led until over 2f out, soon faded, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Impel (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 12, 11l behind Sacrosanctus (9-10) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Judd Street 20-1 (9-2) Held up, never a factor, 8th of 11, 8l behind Ocean Legend (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Delft 13-8fav (9-7) Soon outpaced in rear, headway towards far side 2f out, driven in 4th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 4th of 8, 4l behind Take A Note (8-13) at Newbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 14-1 (8-3) Raced far side in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 12l behind Medici Time (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Flashbang 13-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon ridden and no extra, 8th of 10, 5l behind Belinsky (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.