HEADLINE NEWS returned from a year off the track with an easy win in soft going at Sandown. She's been upped 10lb for that but has scope for further progress and is facing only modest opposition in this. San Cassiano reverted to type last time having won at Redcar earlier this month and Toto Skyllachy has done all his winning over shorter trips. Life And Times my be capable of better stepping up from a mile but the progressive Artful Prince now looks to be in the handicapper's grip.
Headline News (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Slowly away in rear, good headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep beating Topamichi (9-2) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Toto Skyllachy 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 17, 14l behind Ingleby Angel (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) gf.
San Cassiano (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Led until over 6f out, rallied over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 20, 10l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Hydrant 20-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 16l behind Border Legend (9-9) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Interior Minister 20-1 (9-7) Keen held up, headway 9f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 24l behind Sizzler (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Life And Times (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chasing leaders and edged left over 2f out, driven and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 14, 11l behind Investment Expert (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Venutius 25-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 16l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Artful Prince 7-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, led well over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Sporting Gold (9-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Arc Light (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 11l behind San Cassiano (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Never Forever 9-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 13, 15l behind San Cassiano (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Asgardella (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 20, 5l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Musnad (USA) 25-1 (8-0) In touch, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 11l behind Eastern Destiny (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Red Charmer (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, le dover 1f out, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Discay (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.