BERT THE ALERT won twice over course and distance last year in slightly better company and was only beaten a length-and-a-quarter here in January by Conducting, who is now 9lb worse off. Gary Moore's charge will be a lot happier back on the Polytrack and can get the better of the three-year-olds Elusive Band and Azelle. The former has disappointed and needs to settle better but the latter has form in sellers over this trip, though this will be her first try on an artificial surface.
Conducting 10-1 (9-2) 12th of 16, 8l behind Primera Vista (9-6) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f clm stks fbs in Aug.
Bert The Alert 20-1 (10-11) Awkwardly away, soon chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 31l behind Harbour Captain (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Confirmed 4-1 (8-7) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 32l behind Father Fred (8-6) at Brighton 6f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Stanwell 50-1 (9-0) Started very slowly, outpaced in rear throughout, tailed off and eased over 2f out, last of 8, well behind Marajaa (8-13) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec '11.
Elusive Band (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, led and soon clear with one rival, reduced lead over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression and weakened to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Gaelic Ice (8-10) at Chepstow 1m 2f app sell stks (6) gd in Aug.
Azelle 8-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway under pressure over 2f out, driven and disputing 2nd over 1f out, 3rd and one pace in closing stages, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Little Indian (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug.