ATHLETIC is progressing well and took advantage of a lower rating on Turf to score easily over 7f here a week ago. He'll stay this extra distance on that evidence and can shrug off a penalty. Specialty is up in class and weight after winning at Yarmouth while Meridius steps up in trip after scoring over 6f at Salisbury last time. Botanist has plenty to find with the selection and Redcar winner Tanawar failed to cope with a 4lb rise at Ayr on his latest start.
West Leake Diman (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon lost place, last of 11, 10l behind Fortinbrass (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Ocean Applause 10-1 (9-7) Raced wide towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Rainbow Rock (8-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Athletic 11-4fav (8-7) Slowly away and lost at least 3 lengths, raced centre in rear, good headway to lead centre group over 1f out, led overall inside final furlong, forged clear, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Botanist (8-7) by 7l, 6 ran.
Specialty (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, ran on, led post, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Refuse Colette (8-7) by ns, 8 ran.
Emperatriz 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders 5f, 6th of 10, 9l behind Mister Musicmaster (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Meridius (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Midfield, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, led well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gf in Jun beating Intomist (9-3) by nk, 15 ran.
Berrahri (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 9, 49l behind Our Gabrial (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Tanawar (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Keen in rear, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 3l behind Hanalei Bay (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Botanist 9-2 (8-7) Keen raced towards stand side tracked leader, ridden to lead overall over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Athletic (8-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Always in rear, tailed off, last of 7, 48l behind El Bravo (9-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.