Dual Ffos Las winner Sir Johnson puts his unbeaten record on the line but has to concede upwards of 10lb to his rivals, which may prove tough. FOG PATCHES was given a positive ride on his debut under Rules at Ayr in March but weakened in the closing stages as lack of condition told. The fact that Peter Buchanan prefers him here to Kelso runner-up Lucia Bay suggests he'll last out in front a bit longer today and he gets the nod, though this is a race in which the market should be watched closely. Sun Cloud never threatened on his debut at Market Rasen in July but will strip fitter here and has place prospects as does newcomer Peg Leg, who has a stamina-packed pedigree. Bella Venezia may be the pick of the remainder.
Sir Johnson 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 9f out, challenged 8f out, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, regained lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Jun beating Bhaltair (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Cannot Decide (IRE) Dushyantor gelding out of Stage Debut.
Crosstek (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 35l behind Capital Venture (10-9) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Dessie Gray (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Always behind, 10th of 11, 42l behind Anna's Arch (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Fog Patches (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and hung left from over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no chance with winner, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Jonny Delta (10-8) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Peg Leg Alflora gelding out of The Lyme Volunteer.
Sun Cloud (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, effort over 4f out, never a factor, 5th of 12, 30l behind Book'em Danno (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Bella Venezia (IRE) Milan filly out of Fairy Native.
Esther's Twilight (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Prominent, 5th 5f out, no extra from over 2f out, 12th of 15, 35l behind Ambush Angel (11-2) at Tramore 2m mrs N H flat gf in Aug.
Lucia Bay 8-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Toubeera (11-1) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (5) sft in Feb.
Solway Brook (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Prominent, led 9f out, headed 3f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 13, 21l behind Dome Run (10-10) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.