Asteroid Belt has twice finished ahead of Forster Street but Tim Easterby's charge is closing the gap and may well come out on top today now that Chris Grant's gelding, making a swift reappearance after finishing fourth in a Listed race at Wetherby last week, has a penalty. Greyhope and Captain Baldwin are held on the form book. Fontwell third Geanie Mac may need a longer trip but DOVILS DATE had the speed to win twice over 1m4f on the Flat and is fancied to make a winning start to his hurdles career if his jumping is up to scratch.
Asteroid Belt (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, left 4th at 5th, disputing 3rd from 2 out, stayed on same pace, hit last, 4th of 6, 17l behind Sametegal (11-6) at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gs.
Captain Baldwin 50-1 (10-12) Led to after 4 out, weakened from next, 8th of 10, well behind Red Tyke (11-5) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Dovils Date 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Stock Hill Fair (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug (flat).
Forster Street (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced in 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, switched inside and rallied flat, went 2nd towards finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Asteroid Belt (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Greyhope 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 4 out, short lived effort after next, 5th when mistake next, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 32l behind Red Tyke (11-5) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
One Million 150-1 (10-12) Hampered 1st, held up towards rear, chased leaders under pressure approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 7th and no impression when mistake next, 8th of 13, 19l behind Asteroid Belt (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Geanie Mac (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Held up, hampered 1st, headway 3rd, mistake next and 6th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, soon hung left, no impression, demoted to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Gigondas (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Giveherachance 40-1 (8-8) With leader centre, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 38l behind Moheebb (8-13) at Newcastle 1m clm stks (6) sft in Aug (flat).