A moderate affair but Andrew Haynes has his string in good heart at present and COPPER CANYON doesn't look on too bad a mark for this handicap bow. Admittedly, he disappointed when a modest fourth in a Kempton maiden when sent off favourite but wasn't beaten far in the end and his previous efforts augur well for his chances in this company. Phillip Makin is a good booking too. In contrast, Ad Vitam is thoroughly exposed but usually delivers his best and should be in the shake-up after being dropped a couple of pounds for his latest effort. Baby Driver and Ollon could play a part if ready for their respective seasonal reappearances.
Copper Canyon 6-4fav (8-9) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression when lost 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Ivan Vasilevich (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec.
Last Destination (IRE) 66-1 (9-1) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 17, 26l behind Unknown Rebel (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd in Oct.
Pintrada 16-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway and wide bend inside final 5f, chased leading trio over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 16l behind Beaten Up (9-3) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Ollon (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Dwelt in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 4th inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 8l behind Buxfizz (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly away, behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 8, 6l behind Fine Style (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Baby Driver 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, challenged over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out to over 1f out, kept on under pressure when hard pressed for 2nd inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Janet's Pearl (8-6) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo sll (6) gd in Sep.
Rapturous Applause 14-1 (8-13) Behind, weakened well over 1f out, last of 13, 20l behind City Legend (9-6) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Pinotage 9-1 (8-7) Chased leading trio, led 2f out, soon ridden and flashed tail, headed and no extra last half furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Highlife Dancer (8-7) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gf in Apr.
Good Faith 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, 9th of 16, 27l behind Glencadam Gold (9-3) at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Oct.