BUREAUCRAT is fancied to land his third consecutive victory since being eased in grade and he is preferred ahead of Sacrilege and Le Corvee. The last named has won under both codes of racing and can usually be relied upon to try his heart out. However, he is obviously of limited ability and, more often than not, he runs into more determined rivals in a finish. Sacrilege has improved since being fitted with cheeckpieces and, having proved himself to be effective in this grade; he can be a big threat this afternoon; but may not want too much juice in the ground, though. Therefore, it can pay to keep faith with Bureaucrat, who will definitely handle the ground and, as he seems to have been unfazed by his recent switch to the Milton Harris yard, the seven-year-old gets a solid vote of confidence here.
Sacrilege 8-11fav (11-12) Tracked leader, led approaching 3rd, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on, won at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gd beating Dobravany (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Shore Thing (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In touch, pushed along and lost place after 6th, no danger after, 9th of 13, 20l behind Tritonville Lodge (11-6) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Oct.
Bureaucrat 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leading pair, challenged on long run to 2 out, led going well approaching 2 out, clear last, very easily, won at Fontwell 2m 2f clm hdl (5) hvy beating Flowerbud (10-4) by 11l, 5 ran.
Covert Mission 9-1 (11-2) Badly hampered 1st, held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, heady 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 16, 47l behind Parlesotho (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Le Corvee (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Held up, struggling 3 out, always in rear, 9th of 11, 40l behind Scots Dragoon (10-13) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (3) gd.
Suragot (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, 9th of 11, well behind Lord Baskerville (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in Jun.
Gamesters Lady 11-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headweay approaching 3 out, slightly hampered before 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 11, 19l behind Genari (10-10) at Ludlow 2m sell hdl (5) gd.