Soft ground didn't appear to suit ACT OF CHARITY at Doncaster last time and he was probably also racing on the unfavoured side of the track. Marco Botti's colt had impressed at Pontefract earlier and deserves another chance getting 5lb from Steventon Star, who has stronger overall form but has left Richard Hannon for Alan Bailey since his latest fourth at Doncaster and may have stamina limitations. Epic Voyage can only improve on his second at Yarmouth and may have more scope than course and distance winner Applejack Lad and Thewandaofu.
Steventon Star 33-1 (8-9) Behind, good headway over 1f out, strong run insid efinal furlong, finished well, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 21, 3/4l behind Morning Post (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gs in Sep.
Act Of Charity (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division stand side, headway over 3f out, led that group over 2f out, kept on and no impression with center group, 4th of 10, 12l behind Hartnell (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Applejack Lad 16-1 (8-13) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Rudi Five One (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Epic Voyage (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, hung left throughout, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, never reached winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Postponed (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Thewandaofu (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Led and soon clear, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Al Thakhira (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.