Daneside's win in better company at Sandown 10 days ago was a big step up on earlier efforts and it will be interesting to see if he can repeat the effort here off a 6lb higher mark. Ferruccio has finished second in five of his last six starts and seems sure to be thereabouts again but he does lack an extra gear and may find at least one too good again. RUSSIAN AFFAIR couldn't quicken when favourite over 7f at Warwick last time but this more searching test will suit and Roger Varian's maiden is given another to chance to get off the mark in what looks the weaker of the two divisions of this handicap. Cootehill Lass is trying a new trip but Ra Junior is starting to edge towards a decent mark and could sneak into a place.
West End Lad 14-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 14l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-10) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Compton Blue 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not muh room well over 1f out and dropped into last, switched left entering final furlong, no impression, last of 5, 7l behind Pat's Legacy (9-12) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Daneside (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Chased leaders on outside, led over 2f out, drew well clear final furlong, eased closing stages, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Focail Eile (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Cootehill Lass (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, headway inside final 2f, stayed on to 2nd final furlong, kept on but no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Mishrif (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ferruccio (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Russian Affair 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance approaching final furlong, faded close home, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Backstreet Fighter (8-12) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Greek Islands (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind The Guru Of Gloom (9-6) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Tuxedo 40-1 (9-10) Ran in snatches and ridden along at times, mid-division on inside, ridden and headway 2f out, squeezed through to 3rd 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Height of Summer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Miss Chicane 20-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd 6f out, driven inside final 2f, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind History Repeating (8-1) at Bath 1m 2f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Oetzi 14-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ra Junior (USA) 7-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, in touch, under pressure over 4f out, some headway over 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 5l behind Bolodenka (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m clm stks 0-70 (6) sft in Aug.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway when not much room on inside over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 4l behind Adorable Choice (9-5) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.