BERBICE is taken to follow up from his recent success to land the finale at the expense of Dinners Date and Hawaana. The selection carries a six pound penalty for winning over course and distance last week. That was his fist success for over two seasons and he had become well handicapped as a result. Connections are keen to take advantage of his current mark and for that reason he is worth staying on the right side of for the time being. Dinners Date is four pounds higher since winning at this venue last time out. He seemed to have benefitted with the drop in trip and with conditions in his favour once again he has to be respected. Hawaana has the services of Frankie Dettori and has recent winning form to his name. He won nicely at Lingfield over a similar trip and with luck in running he should not be far away come the business end of the race. Berbice is the form horse in the race and takes preference.
Hawaana (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear on outer, good progress and switched towards inside over 1f out, chased leader entering final 1f and soon challenging, driven and kept on to lead last strides, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Murrin (9-0) by hd, 10 ran.
Beauchamp Viceroy 6-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Capucci (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
The Snatcher (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Close up on inner, driven on inside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 6th of 14, 4l behind Arachnophobia (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Berbice (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Steadied start, held up in rear on inside, smooth headway 2f out, poised to challenge over 1f out, pushed into lead inside final furlong, wandered right and left, ran on well cleverly, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Autumn Blades (9-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Indy Driver 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, 9th of 14, 12l behind Cape Hawk (9-0) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, until 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 10, 6l behind Penton Hook (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Monreale (GER) 33-1 (8-9) Held up well in rear, kept on final furlong and never nearer, 7th of 11, 6l behind King Charles (9-9) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Trade Centre 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ran on inside final furlong, one pace towards finish, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Ravi River (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Justcallmehandsome 28-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, came wide entering straight, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 5l behind Mabait (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Murrin (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, good progress and switched to inside over 1f out, led entering final 1f, kept on well until headed last strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Hawaana (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dinner Date 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division, always travelling well, good headway over 2f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, soon in command and ridden out, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Having A Ball (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.