Tradewinds' second on the Polytrack at Kempton last month puts him near the top of the short-list but he finished virtually alongside SOIXANTE SIX, who looked as though he also needed the run. There won't be much to choose between the pair again but we're just leaning towards Alan King's charge at the likely odds. Sgt Reckless will need to have improved from his Wincanton win in May to defy a penalty but Just Walking Jack and Resourceful Miss are likely to be better than they showed on debut as both were sent off favourite.
Sgt Reckless 85-40 (11-2) Held up in rear, rapid headway on outside over 4f out, challenged on bit 3f out, soon led, came well clear inside final 2f, very easily, won at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in May beating Witchesintune (10-2) by 8l, 9 ran.
Generous Ransom (IRE) Generous gelding out of Penneyrose Bay.
Never Says Never 11-4 (10-12) Raced keenly, headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 12, 49l behind Mr Mole (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Soixante Six 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in 5th, chased leader over 2f out, soon ridden, chased winner inside final furlong until close home, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std in Dec.
Tradewinds (FR) 7-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, not much room on inside on stable bend, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd close home, held by winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std in Dec.
Ghost Opera 14-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway 7f out, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, weakneed final furlong, 6th of 12, 22l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Just Walking Jack 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 25l behind Agent Fedora (10-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) sft in Nov.
Casino Star Norse Dancer gelding out of Royal Roulette.
Ice Tres 10-1 (9-12) Held up, took keen hold, went modest 4th over 2f out, well held by leaders, 4th of 6, 26l behind John Reel (10-12) at Ffos Las 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Nov.
Resourceful Miss 3-1fav (10-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Seedling (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.