Frederic Chopin started favourite over a similar trip at Warwick last month but weakened in the closing stages. He's been climbing the handicap, despite not winning. Snow Conditions was second at Kempton on his penultimate start and has claims on that run, though looks closely matched with Roman Riches. Coastal Storm ran a little better last time. LOCHALSH was still beaten more than 12 lengths when third at Salisbury but ground conditions that day exaggerated distances. Oisin Murphy again takes off 3lb today and Bill Knight's gelding can open his account.
Frederic Chopin 7-2fav (9-7) Prominent, ridden 2f out, edged left and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Jazri (9-4) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Roman Riches 7-1 (9-0) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 6, 11l behind Nyanza (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Snow Conditions 8-1 (8-7) Dwelt, close up in rear, effort 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 1/2l behind Der Meister (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May.
Lochalsh (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd 8f out, led approaching final 3f, headed over 2f out, chased winner, no impression over 1f out, weakened into 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Bold Runner (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Dark Days 66-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 15, 18l behind Purple Spectrum (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) sft in May.
Coastal Storm 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Jarlath (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Maid Of Tuscany (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Started slowly, in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, never reached leaders and no impression final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Caledonia Laird (9-1) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in May.
Ede's The Business 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 4l behind Masterpaver (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Astrovirtue 33-1 (9-3) Tracked clear leader until ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 5l behind Nyanza (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Vera Lou (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 15l behind Jarlath (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Lingfield Lupus (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Soon pushed along to be in touch, ridden and lost place 3f out, 9th of 11, 23l behind Black Schnapps (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Haines 25-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 32l behind Bold Runner (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Norse Legend 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until ridden over 2f out, ridden and one pace into 4th over 1f out, 4th of 9, 6l behind Gimme Five (9-1) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.
Sound Of Life (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, ridden 2f out, no headway, 10th of 11, 14l behind Sharp Volley (9-1) at Warwick 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.