Ganges and Soviet Courage share the same handicap mark of 76 and set the standard. But one of the less-exposed types can improve past them and that one could be LONG CROSS. He was a fair fourth behind Saab Almanal, rated 95, in a Newbury maiden on debut and normal progress should see him off the mark. Lingfield third Lake Alfred could also figure ahead of stablemate and newcomer Peril, while Freemason is another likely improver to keep a watchful eye on.
Freemason 7-2 (9-5) Prominent, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Maverick Wave (9-5) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Ganges (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Raced wide in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f, driven over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Pleasant Valley (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf.
Kirtling Araafa gelding out of Cape Maya.
Lake Alfred (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Belfilo (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Long Cross 7-2 (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear and ran green, niggled along on bend after 3f, headway on outside edging left over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on inside final furlong, just missed 3rd, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Saab Almanal (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Medallero (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, under pressure over 4f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 33l behind Yuften (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Peril Pivotal gelding out of Portodora.
Soviet Courage (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 12l behind Rapprochement (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Well Finished Mastercraftsman filly out of Grain Of Gold.