PASTORAL PLAYER can land this handicap at the main expense of Jack My Boy and Bagamoyo. The selection chased home Mister Hughies last month when he was only beaten a neck in a really competitive handicap here. The draw didn't do him any favours that day but he looks to be well boxed here and he can gain his compensation. Jack My Boy is also really well drawn and he has been in teriffic form. He beat Bagamoyo here last time and we are confident he can uphold the form. Confessional has been running well and he put in a career-best effort last time. He could be a player if he can translate that form to the turf. Side Glance has won over the course and distance and he is another to consider. Gene Autry was a beaten favourite at Haydock last week and he will need to bounce back to form to make his mark. There are plenty in with a chance here and the vote goes to Pastoral Player.
Above Limits (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Held up, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong, 6th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Our Jonathan (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Swilly Ferry (USA) 9-2 (9-3) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Jack My Boy (8-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Bagamoyo 20-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to track leaders and looking for a run approaching 2f out, switched right to challenge 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Jack My Boy (8-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Below Zero (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Went right start, narrow lead until well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 3, 7l behind Bow Beaver (8-9) at Hamilton 6f con stks (3) gd.
Pastoral Player 7-1 (9-1) Raced far side, held up in rear, good headway 2f out, ran on to lead overall well inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd in group, 2nd of 19, nk behind Mister Hughie (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Walk On Water 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 1f out, soon headed, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Shamandar (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 3yo lst fll (1) sft in Sep.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Prominent, led halfway, ridden over 2f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Bagamoyo (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Take Ten 9-4fav (9-1) Prominent, ridden well over 1f out, not quicken, no impression when eased towards finish, 4th of 7, 3l behind Duchess Dora (8-12) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Lowdown (IRE) 2-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, chased winner after but no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Ghostwing (9-2) at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Colonel Mak 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, not quicken, switched left inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Folly Bridge (8-6) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Side Glance 9-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Dafeef (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Russian Rock (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Soon pushed along towards rear on outside, headway 2f out, driven over 1f out, soon chased leader, hard ridden and ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Ignatieff (8-12) by 1l, 8 ran.
Di Stefano 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 12l behind Cockney Class (8-9) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Folly Bridge 13-2 (8-6) Held up in touch, ridden and improved over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Deacon Blues (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Confessional 9-2fav (8-6) Awkward on leaving the stalls, chased leaders, joined leader going well over 1f out, shaken up to soon lead, ridden and hung badly left inside final furlong, swerved right near finish, won at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) fbs beating The Only Boss (8-13) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Footstepsofspring (FR) 66-1 (8-11) In rear, outpaced halfway, 13th of 14, 19l behind Jack My Boy (8-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Free For All (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, asserted near finish, won at Folkestone 6f 3yo mdn aut (6) gs in Apr beating Sulis Minerva (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Gene Autry (USA) 11-10fav (9-4) Steadied start held up in 8th and well off the pace, not clearest of runs over 2f out, until well over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd last half furlong, never able to reach unchallenged winner, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Madam Macie (9-3) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Ginger Ted (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to join leader 1f out, driven to lead post, won at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Flaneur (9-8) by shd, 12 ran.
Excellent Guest 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt, badly hampered over 5f out, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on and edged left inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Flaneur (9-0) at Haydock 6f 3yo stk 0-80 (4) gf.