Both of Neige D'Antan's recent victories came in classified events and he finished second in a handicap in between. It could prove a similar story here as THE WONGA COUP arrives in good form having won two of his last three starts on the Turf. The latter is just preferred in this as Rapid Water has something to prove over the trip after a couple of placed efforts over 7f at this track although August's winner at Bath, Belle Park, has decent claims back over today's trip.
Neige D'antan 11-10fav (8-12) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and clear when edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol beating Taro Tywod (8-12) by 4l, 12 ran.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Held up in 7th, good headway on outside to 3rd over 2f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep beating Volcanic Jack (9-10) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Rapid Water 5-1fav (9-3) Mid-division on outside, not much room and hampered over 2f out, lost place, headway on outside and switched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, went 2nd post, not recover, 2nd of 14, nk behind Trusting (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Tyrur Ted 33-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4f out, 21st of 23, 13l behind Ransomed Bride (9-6) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 60-80 gs in Oct '09.
Irons On Fire (USA) 25-1 (9-6) Towards rear, plugged on final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 13, 12l behind Albonny (8-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Belle Park 7-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Authoritarian (9-3) at Bath 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Storm Runner (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Pushed along in rear, ridden 4f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 8l behind Tunnager Grove (8-10) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft.
Querido (GER) 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders 6f, 11th of 14, 13l behind Authoritarian (8-11) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Cairanne 5-1 (9-5) Raced wide prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 20l behind Pass The Time (8-1) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Bridge That Gap 100-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, in touch, lost place over 5f out, behind and struggling after, tailed off, 9th of 11, 23l behind Homeric (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Boris The Bold 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 22l behind Volcanic Wind (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Lightning Spirit 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 20l behind Pastoral Jet (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Essell 13-2 (8-12) Chased leader, led well over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace and no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Neige D'antan (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Apache Moon 12-1 (9-4) Bumped start, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 27l behind Madison Belle (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar '10.