Cut Across carries a penalty for last week's narrow margin victory at Wolverhampton and Al Aqabah has been raised a harsh 7lb for landing a claimer over C&D a fortnight ago. Sandbetweenourtoes also faces tougher opposition after scoring in plating company last time and Atlantis Crossing is upped in class on the back of a win at Wolverhampton. Fever Few is one of the less exposed contestants and may figure but a punt is taken on CROWN CHOICE, who posted his best effort of the year at Wolverhampton last time having tumbled down the weights.
Cut Across (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Soon tracking leader, pushed along over 3f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Chookie Avon (9-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Scottish Lake 16-1 (8-11) Led, narrowly headed over 3f out, chased leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 13l behind Fabled City (8-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Crown Choice 10-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway between horses over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Lucky Dan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Raced wide close up, headway to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol beating One Way Or Another (8-1) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, strong run to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance to reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Ghostwing (8-13) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Dozy Joe 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on well, never nearer, 5th of 12, 4l behind Daruband (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
The Strig 25-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway when not clear run inside final furlong, kept on same pace after, 7th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Rocket Rob (9-4) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Sandbetweenourtoes (IRE) 11-8fav (8-9) Prominent on stands side rail, led 4f out, edged left from over 1f out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm (6) gf in Sep beating Kashmiri Star (8-6) by 8l, 5 ran.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Dwelt always in rear, last of 14, 17l behind Efistorm (8-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Fever Few 12-1 (9-2) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 7th of 11, 5l behind Schoolmaster (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Atlantis Crossing (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead and hung left inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep beating Loyal N Trusted (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lady Mango (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and not quicken 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Alnoomaas (8-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
First Class 15-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 15l behind Good Authority (9-7) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Spartic 33-1 (9-6) Raced wide towards rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 6l behind Zing Wing (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.