COPPERWOOD takes to the track for the fifteenth time this year for Mark Johnston and is taken to post a first success of 2013. He inhabits a perfectly workable mark and produced another solid effort just five days ago when a respectable second to Sound Advice at Newcastle. He looks a decent option in a modest contest. Hail Promenader is not the force of old but remains perfectly capable of delivering a competitive effort here off an unchanged mark of 62 following a useful Chepstow effort last time behind Sharp And Smart over this trip. Eastward Ho has found life undoubtedly tougher since being punished by the handicapper for last season's victories but hasn't gone too badly the last twice and should be on the premises in this grade off a mark of 67.
Staff Sergeant 15-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Sunley Pride (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Royal Straight 33-1 (8-5) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, last of 9, 39l behind Next Edition (8-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Silver Rime (FR) 33-1 (8-2) Slowly away, always in rear and outpaced, last of 5, 28l behind Gandalak (9-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Eastward Ho 11-1 (9-3) Tracked clear pair, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Eutropius (9-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Copperwood 7-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Sound Advice (9-6) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Rex Romanorum (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Steel Stockholder (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, every chance inside final furlong, no extra when eased final 50 yards, 6th of 13, 5l behind Handheld (9-3) at Nottingham 1m app hcp (6) gs.
Edas 11-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Dark Ruler (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.