Dual course and distance winner Ballyglasheen wasn't disgraced against older horses in a handicap at Sedgefield two weeks ago but may struggle to confirm earlier running with AGLAOPHONOS on 6lb worse terms given Ian Williams' charge probably has the greater scope. Refer has struggled since winning at Stratford in August but Brave Helios is interesting having run the more experienced Town Mouse to half-a-length at Huntingdon and he's preferred to Saint Jerome and Maxi Mac, third and fourth behind Ballyglasheen here last month.
Ballyglasheen (IRE) 9-4 (10-8) Chased leaders in 4th, reminders 5 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Carlton Jack (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Refer 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden to challenge for 3rd 2 out, weakened between last 2, 4th of 5, 11l behind Keltus (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Aglaophonos 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went close 2nd before 3 out, led next, wandered about, not fluent last, headed flat, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Ballyglasheen (11-8) at Ludlow 2m 3yo clm hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Big John Cannon (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, ridden and lost 2nd before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Ballyglasheen (11-8) at Ludlow 2m 3yo clm hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Brave Helios 28-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on strongly to go 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Town Mouse (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Clement (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, outpaced over 4f out, tailed off over 2f out, 6th of 7, 25l behind Kyllachy Rise (9-5) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep (flat).
Ivanhoe 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to go in touch 4f out, ridden over 2f out, keeping on same pace when short of room and switched right inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 11l behind Sweet Deal (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep (flat).
Maxi Mac (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, went modest 4th next, stumbled last, 4th of 7, 15l behind Ballyglasheen (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Minister Of Mayhem 14-1 (10-12) Blundered 1st, always behind, lost touch after 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Duroble Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Misteray 50-1 (8-4) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, never a factor, 12th of 16, 26l behind Impertinent (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Saint Jerome (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Raced keenly, led and soon clear, went left 4th, reduced lead approaching 5th, hit next, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Ballyglasheen (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.