Whitecrest won on the turf at Lingfield 12 days ago, her second victory in three outings after a frustrating run of placed efforts. John Spearing's filly is on a career-high mark now, however, and may struggle here. Best Be Careful also looks too high in the weights now while Ice Trooper was very disappointing at Beverley last time and Yasmeena has a bit to prove after only beating one home on soft ground at Sandown. SURELY THIS TIME finally got off the mark at Newcastle earlier this month. Kevin Ryan's gelding is still on a decent mark and should follow up here.
Restless Bay (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Murura (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leader, driven 3f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Toby Tyler (9-5) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ice Trooper 14-1 (9-6) Close up, lost place over 3f out, hampered over 1f out, no impression, 12th of 13, 18l behind Select Committee (8-13) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Whitecrest 5-1 (9-4) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, effort to lead between horses inside final furlong, edged left and stayed on (new course record), won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Billy Red (9-4) by nk, 14 ran.
Royal Bajan (USA) 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Sugar Beet (9-7) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Yasmeena (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outer, pressed leader halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Pearl Blue (9-2) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Best Be Careful (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) Chased leaders on outside, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Maze (9-3) at Bath 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Mazovian (USA) 10-3 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Showboating (8-11) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Irish Boy (IRE) 9-2fav (9-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Monte Mayor One (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4) gd.
Stilettoesinthemud (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear on outside, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 9l behind Justbookie Dot Com (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Surely This Time (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Chased leader, led over 2f out, driven out, just held on, won at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) sft beating Cool Rhythm (9-3) by hd, 12 ran.
Poppy 11-1 (8-13) Led, headed 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 10l behind National Hope (9-5) at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.