Captain Midnight has lost his form of late having threatened on a couple of occasions earlier in the year. Emef Diamond is also struggling but EL BEAU makes some appeal given he found only Imshivalla too good over track and trip last time. He re-opposes on better terms today and is also preferred to Eddiemaurice. The latter failed to land a hat-trick when a well-beaten fourth here last time so a further 3lb rise seems a tad harsh. It was soft ground when Ahoy There won at Nottingham last year while La Havrese was due to run at Catterick yesterday.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair in touch, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 5th of 7, 10l behind Despot (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
El Beau (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Imshivalla (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Emef Diamond 4-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, chased leaders, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 5, 10l behind Damascene (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Jul.
Eddiemaurice (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) In rear, headway and raced stand side from 3f out, went 4th over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 9, 10l behind Green Zone (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Imshivalla (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Mayfield Boy (9-1) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Ahoy There (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Led stand side until 6f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 28l behind Hartnell (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
La Havrese (FR) 11-2 (8-9) Settled in rear but in touch, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well closing stages, never a threat, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Centre Haafhd (9-7) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.