GRAPHIC's only defeat in his last four came in the Cambridgeshire,where he still ran very well. He'll be facing much more testing conditions here but hopefully will handle the ground and is given the nod. He faces a big challenge from Breton Rock, who beat a huge field in a tough Ascot handicap last time and will love the ground conditions. Fulbright landed a Group 2 at Newmarket around this time last year and has competed at a much higher level than this subsequently and this will be the first time he's raced on soft ground since that victory. David O'Meara's French recruit Stand My Ground is a real mudlark though hasn't yet come up to scratch but Beaumont's Party has run two cracking races in testing conditions recently and is by no means out of this.
Fulbright 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leading trio, steadied into last pair 5f out, headway to dispute 4th over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 14l behind Afsare (9-0) at Salisbury 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Graphic (IRE) 10-3fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to challenge and edged left 2f out, soon led, ran on well, edged left towards finish, driven out, won at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct beating Jack's Revenge (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 19 ran.
Breton Rock (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up towards rear, good headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Ascot 7f (2) sft in Oct beating Intrigo (9-7) by 1l, 27 ran.
Stand My Ground (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Slowly away raced stand side tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never a threat to leading pair, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.