Amantius is penalised for winning over a shorter trip at Wolverhampton during the week. But earlier poor efforts over hurdles don't bode well for him lasting home while Ice Apple finished runner-up over track and trip back in May but went wrong on her latest start and hasn't raced since June. Roy Rocket is getting closer and finished third over today's trip at Lingfield last month but KATIE GALE was beaten only a head over course and distance last week and is fancied to go one better today.
Compton Bird 8-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never involved, 9th of 11, 6l behind Exclusive Waters (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Camelopardalis 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, driven to challenge over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Arch Event (8-4) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Like Clockwork 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 10l behind Ebony Roc (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
My Manekineko 9-1 (8-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, ridden disputing 2nd inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 11, 4l behind Exclusive Waters (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Bravo Bravo 11-2 (8-3) Held up, headway to track leaders 4f out, led over 2f out, pressed from over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar '11 beating Rosewood Lad (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Amantius 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden over 2f out, switched right well over 1f out, went 2nd and edged left soon after, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Men Don't Cry (9-8) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Venir Rouge 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Vertueux (9-7) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Soweto Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden 7f out, lost place 6f out, well beaten over 3f out, 9th of 11, 43l behind Royal Alcor (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Aug.
Ice Apple 14-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Kashgar (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Sweeping Rock (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) In rear, late headway entering final furlong, never near leaders, 5th of 7, 10l behind Prospera (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bell'arte (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Steadied start held up in rear, ridden 3f out, late headway approaching final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 12l behind Uganda Glory (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Katie Gale 11-2 (8-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Superciliary (9-5) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Hundred Acre Wood 50-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 18l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol.
Roy Rocket (FR) 10-1 (8-4) Keen tracked winner until ridden 4f out, rallied 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Fitzwilly (9-2) at Lingfield 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.