Millkwood hasn't had much luck but has had plenty of chances to open his account now and the less-exposed INTRINSIC makes more appeal. He posted his best effort so far when third at Yarmouth and won't need to improve much on that to come out best. Fanoos must have retained some ability as she hasn't raced since her two-year-old days when runner-up at Leicester and Tarquin is another having his first start since 2011. The remainder are hard to fancy on what little they've shown to date.
Tarquin (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Ashpan Sam (8-9) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Sep '11.
Ex Ex Exceed And Excel gelding out of Temple Of Thebes.
Intrinsic 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden and soon every chance, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Gravitational (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Millkwood 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Holy Angel (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Noble Maximus Oratorio gelding out of Perfect Peach.
Watchable Pivotal gelding out of Irresistible.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Mainly behind, 9th of 12, 6l behind Planetex (9-4) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Fanoos 6-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, not clearest of runs and switched right inside final 2f, ridden to chase winner insid efinal furlong, stayed on well closing stages, always just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Tinzapeas (9-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf in Oct '11.
Spring Bird 40-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden and outpaced by winner over 2f out, one pace when edged left entering final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 13l behind Dawn Calling (9-5) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Harpers Ruby Byron filly out of La Belle Katherine.
Ramata 40-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until over 6f out, chased leading pair, pushed along and lost 3rd over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, 30l behind Mount Tiger (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.
Redalani (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place over 3f out, 12th of 13, 40l behind Princess Loulou (8-12) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Sep.