Ron Barr complicates matters by saddling two runners in the opener with Tropical Duke, a winner here over 1m2f in August racing off a 4lb higher mark today, marginally preferred to the consistent Silly Gilly. Tracy Waggott's Dean Iarracht is probably better over further but the likely strong pace will suit the four-year-old, while Michael Dods has his string in good heart so Prince Rhyddarch has to be respected having run promisingly on his reappearance at Hamilton last month. The vote in a competitive opener though goes the way of Brian Ellison's LAKEMAN, who has slipped to a fair mark and he looks worth siding with on ground that suits under the assistance of one of the leading amateur pilots.
Tropical Duke (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Very slowly away, in rear, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 12l behind Royal Swain (9-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 10-3fav (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep beating Tropical Duke (10-8) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 16l behind Scarab (11-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Chantilly Pearl (USA) 2-1fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, soon under pressure, headed approaching final furlong, weakening when slightly short of room last 100 yards, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Prince Apollo (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Sep.
Hurricane Thomas (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Led, headed 7f out, soon lost place, 14th of 15, 17l behind Kenyan Cat (10-5) at Warwick 1m 3f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Lakeman (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, prominent, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, plugged on, no impression, 4th of 8, 14l behind Nolecce (8-6) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Active Asset (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) In touch, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 14, 10l behind Zaplamation (8-3) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Prince Rhyddarch 7-2 (8-9) In touch, led briefly over 1f out, soon ridden, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Sharp Sovereign (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 3f app hcp (6) gs in Sep.
Silly Gilly (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 16, 11l behind Dean Iarracht (10-8) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Monfils Monfils (USA) 33-1 (10-5) Slowly away, mid-division, lost place 4f out, 12th of 15, 15l behind Kenyan Cat (10-5) at Warwick 1m 3f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Petrocelli 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, ridden 2f out, hung left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Master Of Dance (9-8) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Flora's Pride 17-2 (9-3) Behind, headway over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 8th of 16, 25l behind Sendali (8-12) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Ingleby King (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 7l behind Nicholas Pocock (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Maybeme 12-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden 4f out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 34l behind Drop The Hammer (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Refuse To Wait (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 18l behind Clumber Place (8-7) at Newcastle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.