CARDINAL returned with a good third at Goodwood following a break and that should have blown away a few cobwebs. The ground won't be a problem for Robert Cowell's seven-year-old and he's unlikely to be far away here. Bouncy Bouncy is a bit in and out but this is her best trip and she's another with claims along with Bath winner Amber Heights, though a leap in the weights hasn't done her any favours. Sleepy Blue Ocean is in good nick and is well berthed for a front-runner. He could also go close but this is a lot tougher than the maiden that Handsome Stranger won at Newcastle while Whitecrest and Comptonspirit are infrequent winners. Ambitious Icarus was just beaten on heavy ground at Hamilton last time but this could be on the sharp side for him.
Falasteen (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Went right start, towards rear, never on terms, 12th of 15, 6l behind Demora (8-5) at Bath 5f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Sep.
Bouncy Bouncy (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up, switched left and headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Fillionaire (9-5) at Ffos Las 6f flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Quaroma 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear far side, ridden entering final furlong, no impression, 10th of 16, 8l behind Jamaican Bolt (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Cardinal 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Efistorm (8-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Shawkantango 33-1 (8-0) Dwelt, always behind, last of 11, 12l behind Whozthecat (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Whitecrest 3-1fav (9-5) Led early, prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Havin' A Good Time (8-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Ginger Ted (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Towards rear and outpaced, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Lord Buffhead (8-6) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Comptonspirit 17-2 (9-2) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Annes Rocket (9-4) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep.
Invincible Force (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened approaching 2f out, last of 10, 13l behind Hamoody (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 9-2 (9-2) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Ingleby Star (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Bahama Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Ponied to post, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 17, 7l behind Divine Call (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Hello Stranger (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Red Baron (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
One Kool Dude 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, strayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 13, 5l behind Ambitious Boy (9-2) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Amber Heights 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, smooth headway on inside halfway, led inside final 2f, driven and kept on inside final furlong, won at Bath 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep beating Brandywell Boy (8-3) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Ambitious Icarus 11-2 (9-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, just held held near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Northern Bolt (9-8) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Sep.
Style And Panache (IRE) 22-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 3l behind Belle Bayardo (8-8) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep.