ROYAL MARSKELL beat Saint Thomas here in July and is only a couple of pounds higher. He lost nothing in defeat over a longer trip on the Fibresand last time and there is no reason why he won't go close in this. Fractal is the potential fly in the ointment but hasn't raced since landing a maiden on the Polytrack in January. Storm Rider is 5lb higher than when scoring at Windsor but can't be ignored and makes more appeal than Syncopate and the disappointing Moshe.
Di's Gift 12-1 (9-9) Slowly away, in rear, ridden 2f out, one pace and no impression, last of 5, 5l behind Yaakooum (9-8) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Syncopate 7-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, under pressure when hampered over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 7l behind Raskova (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Royal Marskell 8-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, closed over 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, checked slightly 2f out, edged right over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Cousin Khee (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Aug.
All The Winds (GER) 16-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Warrigal (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) in Aug.
Moshe (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Slow into stride in rear, pushed along halfway, switched wide over 3f out, soon ridden, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Zugzwang (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Fractal 20-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, driven and headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and went 2nd 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Anglo Irish (9-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Storm Rider (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, led 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Rowlestone Lass (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Got To Dream (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Favorite Girl (GER) 12-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 4th of 14, 6l behind Stockhill Diva (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.