It will be disappointing if OBSTACLE, a staying-on second on his debut over 1m2f at Newmarket, can't find the necessary improvement to get the better of the disappointing Saddaqa. She was beaten seven lengths on the Fibresand last time and isn't getting any better. Saeed bin Suroor also runs the newcomer Great Fighter but Wannabe Your Man is a more interesting debutant being a half-brother to 1m4f winner Wannabe Loved. Summerfree and Jowhara are other first-timers with decent pedigrees while useful hurdler Balder Success and Hassle, second in a handicap over course and distance recently, are the pick of the older horses.
Balder Succes (FR) 8-1 (10-0) In touch, driven and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 14, 12l behind Hamelin (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Hassle (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up, headway over 4f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, hung right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Nautilus (9-2) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Seabougg 40-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 11l behind Dance King (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf.
Sure Fire (GER) 18-1 (9-4) Always behind, 7th of 9, 13l behind Azrag (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Lady Cliche 100-1 (9-1) Behind, weakened over 4f out, eased, last of 12, well behind Fledged (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Santayana (GER) (9-2) 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Brixen (9-0) at Frankfurt(GER) 1m 2f stks gd in Jun.
Great Fighter Street Cry gelding out of Evil Empire.
Maraweh (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Java Rose (9-8) at Chepstow 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jun.
Night's Watch 12-1 (8-7) Held up, took keen hold, hung right over 3f out, headway on outside over 2f out, soon beaten, edged left inside final furlong, last of 7, 12l behind Glory City (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Obstacle 9-4 (9-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ran green over 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Endless Credit (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Red Pilgrim (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Slowly away, always behind, 6th of 9, 9l behind Nearly Caught (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Summerfree (USA) Medaglia D'oro colt out of Summer Flash.
Wannabe Your Man Halling colt out of Wannabe Posh.
Jowhara Mount Nelson filly out of Call Account.
Saddaqa (USA) 8-13fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 9f out, ridden over 3f out, beaten when edged right over 1f out, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Hunting Ground (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug.