Hugh Collingridge's Baan never lived up to his expectations after a promising start to his career for Mark Johnston losing his way over the last couple of years and he looks best watched in a race taken to go to MARKINGTON, who is preferred to Ragamuffin Man. William Knight's gelding has only won once from 13 starts but has shown a reasonable level of form since being stepped up in trip, latterly in the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket and he has to be respected racing off a 1lb lower mark today. Having had some awful luck with his jumpers last week, Micky Hammond deserves a change of fortune and his runner, Terenzium, is not without a chance of following up his recent Hamilton success but faster ground and a 6lb rise in the weights may prevent him from scoring again. Emerald Hawk is open to improvement after just four starts but needs to improve to trouble the judge and a safer option looks to be Markington. Peter Bowen's gelding was in good form in the summer, winning three races on the bounce but he paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for those successes and was well held when last seen on the flat at Goodwood the following month. He has been dropped 5lbs since that outing though and with recent runs over hurdles likely to have put him spot on for this, Markington looks worth chancing.
Ragamuffin Man (IRE) 13-2 (7-10) Led, ridden and headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 10, 20l behind Bernie The Bolt (7-12) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Markington 10-1 (8-2) Slowly away, made some late progress, never in contention, 11th of 19, 24l behind Sweetheart (8-1) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jul.
Dechiper (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 14l behind Unawatuna (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Baan (USA) 15-2 (9-9) Rapid headway to join leaders after 3f, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 5l behind John Forbes (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Terenzium (IRE) 5-2fav (10-0) Held up, towards rear, took closer order halfway, chased leader 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear approaching final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Aug beating John Forbes (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Uptown Lad (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) Very slow away, always towards rear, 14th of 15, 34l behind Unawatuna (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Emerald Hawk (IRE) 66-1 (8-1) Chased winner to over 3f out, soon ridden and lost place, 13th of 15, 29l behind Windpfeil (8-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.