This track may not play to Ghufa's strengths and there are some doubts about Blushing Soul's mark so a chance is taken with KING'S MAJESTY in preference to Shannersburg. Ghufa has been a decent money spinner for his connections winning four times on the all-weather but all of his victories have been achieved at Wolverhampton and he may not prove as well suited by this circuit. Blushing Soul is the pick at the weights in this field but that rating is based on his form in Ireland and the mark may well flatter him. He's having his first run for a new yard having failed to impress over hurdles. Shannersburg is quickly dropped in grade by his current connections and he will certainly find this easier than the handicap he contested at Kempton earlier in the month. Acropolis doesn't always find a great deal when he comes off the bridle but he comes here in decent form and has made the frame on both runs at the track so he figures prominently but preference is for King's Majesty. He has been struggling over hurdles but has never finished out of the money in six visits to this track and he's entitled to be in the thick of the action again.
Carr Hall (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Slowly away, keen in rear, good headway on inside over 2f out, chased leader briefly final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 4l behind Squirtle (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol.
Ghufa (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Stumbled leaving stalls, held up towards rear, good headway well over 1f out, came between horses to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol beating Ten Pole Tudor (8-12) by hd, 11 ran.
Acropolis (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Raced wide, held up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Dream In Blue (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs.
Bollywood (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Led to over 7f out, chased leader to over 5f out, weakened quickly over 3f out, 12th of 13, 24l behind Sagunt (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec '08.
Fantasy Ride 4-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Kames Park (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
King's Majesty (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, driven over 1f out, soon beaten, 4th of 7, 7l behind Moonshine Creek (8-10) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Mid Valley 14-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, behind, caught the field halfway, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 6l behind Lunar Limelight (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Shannersburg (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Blushing Soul (USA) 12-1 (9-9) Soon disputed lead, headed approaching straight, no extra from under 2f out, 13th of 14, 13l behind Curling Bird (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 pol in May.
Bright Wire (IRE) 66-1 (8-4) Slowly away, always in rear, last of 14, well behind Aaman (8-6) at Goodwood 2m 3yo mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Maverick's Magic 33-1 (8-7) Raced centre, always in rear, 13th of 16, 39l behind Hollow Green (8-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo sll (6) hvy in Sep '08.
Midnight Bay 16-1 (8-7) Took keen hold in touch, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Winning Show (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Playful Asset (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Jiggalong (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Blakeneys Pet (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, short lived effort approaching 3 out, well behind when blundered badly last, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Tesserae (10-5) at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov sll hdl (4) sft.