ADVANCED caught the eye on his seasonal reappearance and is take to go one better at the expense of Fantasy Explorer and Maze. The selection ran second to Palace Moon at Doncaster last month and he should benefit for the outing. He has winning form off a much higher mark in the past and he comes into this contest a potentially well handicapped horse. Fantasy Explorer showed his well being at the back end of last season with a win at Newmarket in September and ran well when second on each of his last two starts. He is sure to win more races this season but may benefit for this particular outing. Maze won back to back races as a two year old but has not showed the same level of form since. He has dropped down the weights as a consequence but will need to improve to trouble the market leaders. So for the winner we return to Advanced.
Advanced 8-1 (8-8) Chased leaders far side group, chased winner final furlong, soon hung right, no chance with winner, 2nd of 20, 5l behind Palace Moon (8-8) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Mar.
Ishetoo 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened final furlong, 10th of 19, 8l behind Skhilling Spirit (8-7) at Doncaster 6f hcap (2) gd in Oct.
Invincible Force (IRE) 40-1 (9-8) Prominent far side, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 15th of 21, 19l behind Manassas (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
Maze (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 15, 5l behind Knot In Wood (9-4) at Hamilton 6f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Thebes 12-1 (8-11) Chased leader, led inside final 2f, soon driven, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Something (8-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Commando Scott (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 13, 6l behind Galeota (9-6) at Doncaster 6f lsted stks (1) gf in Nov '07.
Fantasy Explorer 12-1 (7-12) Towards rear, pushed along haflway, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, 2nd of 20, 3/4l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcap (2) gd in Oct.
Bel Cantor 40-1 (8-4) Led far side group, headed over 1f out, soon beaten, 15th of 20, 16l behind Palace Moon (8-8) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Mar.
Obe Gold 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division on outside, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 17, 2l behind Fol Hollow (8-3) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Nightjar (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 18l behind Mister Hardy (8-9) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.