CAPE SAMBA made a late start to the season but is making up for lost time. He's now won two of this year's four starts after scoring at Newcastle earlier this month and is preferred to the other recent winner Bowstar. The latter won over 7f here last time but stays this longer trip while Russian Ice has done all her winning at this track, but also over 7f. By contrast, the likes of Woolston Ferry and Syncopate need a longer trip nowadays and George Baker still looks in the handicapper's grip.
Russian Ice 7-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 18l behind Twenty One Choice (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Cape Samba 9-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 3f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on and always holding on, won at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating The Blue Banana (8-7) by nk, 14 ran.
Savanna Days (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, switched right over 2f out, not much room and no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Bayleyf (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, last of 13, 22l behind Mr David (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Poetic Lord 10-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 6l behind The Great Gabrial (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
George Baker (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Raced centre chased clear leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace and hung right to stand side final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Muftarres (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 10l behind Precision Five (8-11) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Syncopate 11-2 (9-6) Led after 1f, ridden over 2f out, joined over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 10l behind Silver Alliance (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Majestic Zafeen 25-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 7, 14l behind Yojojo (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Bowstar 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort on outside 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Wordismybond (9-6) by 2l, 14 ran.
Martinas Delight (USA) 66-1 (8-12) Ridden leaving stalls, headway to lead over 8f out, headed over 5f out, led again over 4f out, lost place over 2f out, soon hampered and dropped right away, last of 13, 40l behind Eric The Grey (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Malaysian Boleh 8-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Living The Life (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Copperwood 10-1 (9-1) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind The Great Gabrial (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Everleigh 11-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed over 5f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Janna's Jingle (9-0) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.