ART HISTORY was given the most beautiful ride by Silvestre De Sousa at Pontefract over 10 furlongs when putting his head in front on the line in decent handicap company. Joe Fanning takes over now and he looks a prime player off a 2lb higher mark with the extra two furlongs expected to play to his strengths. Jameel, off the bottom rung, is harder to evaluate, having also scored over ten furlongs at the Yorkshire venue, albeit in maiden company. He must be taken seriously off this mark on his handicap bow though. Butler has claims if forgiven his last run as he was previously progressive and softer ground may well have scuppered his chances the last time. Warlu Way and Incendo, both solid and consistent, complete the shortlist.
The Betchworth Kid 28-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 18, 26l behind Tactician (9-5) at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Jul.
Itlaaq 25-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, weakened over 3f out, 15th of 16, 28l behind Lexington Bay (7-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.
Warlu Way 12-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 20, 20l behind Crackentorp (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Topolski (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 31l behind Lethal Glaze (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct '10.
Greylami (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 2f out, ridden and effort on inside over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair well inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Spensley (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Big Creek (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) In rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 38l behind Samsons Son (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Butler (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 11, 18l behind Shernando (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Incendo 4-1 (9-12) Dwelt, held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on and always held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Becausewecan (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Red Anthem 50-1 (9-4) Pecked leaving stalls, towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 12th of 16, 17l behind Beaten Up (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gd in Sep.
Art History (IRE) 3-1fav (8-3) Towards rear, soon pushed along, ridden to chased leaders in 3rd over 2f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep beating Suits Me (9-4) by hd, 8 ran.
Jameel (USA) 11-4 (9-0) Prominent, took keen hold, went 2nd 7f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, eased from 100 yards out, pushed out and held on close home, won at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep beating Figaro (9-3) by hd, 12 ran.