FOSSA scored over track and trip before following up at Southwell last time. He's up a further 5lb but still looks to have every chance of landing a hat-trick in today's company. Waterloo Dock is usually thereabouts at this level without being quite good enough and Sweet Ovation has failed to figure off higher marks since scoring here in March. Restless Bay has the past form to figure and Reginald Claude continues to slide down the weights but the lightly-raced Clearing could prove a bigger threat.
Restless Bay (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Desert Strike (9-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Compton Prince 16-1 (9-6) Chased eader, led halfway, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased leader, ridden and edged right over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Queen Hermione (8-2) at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Nubar Boy 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 9th of 16, 8l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ghost Train (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Fathsta (9-6) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 3 1/2l behind English Summer (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Reginald Claude 7-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 14, 4l behind Key Ambition (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Sweet Ovation 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon driven, kept on same pace, final furlong, no impression, 6th of 8, 6l behind Maria Montez (8-5) at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gd.
Waterloo Dock 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Jake The Snake (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Apr.
Samba Night (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, hung left inside final 2f, soon ridden and no impression, ran on well in closing stages, not pace to threaten, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp (6) fm.
Fossa 9-2 (9-4) Held up in touch on inside, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May beating Constant Dream (9-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Clearing 33-1 (8-1) Steadied and switched right start, took keen hold in rear, ran wide on bend halfway, hung badly left to near side rail from 2f out and stayed on to 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Duke Cosimo (9-6) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Mousie 25-1 (8-12) Outpaced in last pair, ridden on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, kept on well in closing stages, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp (6) fm.