This is not the strongest of contests so the market will offer most clues. In the absence of it, we will drink to MEDICINAL COMPOUND with Paschendale and Desert Forest on the list of alternatives. Kevin Ryan's charge ran a promising effort at Chester on his latest outing and back to a more regulation track; we are hopeful that a full measure of his improvement can be noted. Godolphin continue to send out winners so Paschendale has to be factored. The son of Refuse To Bend is bred to get this trip though looked clueless when leaving the stalls on debut. Desert Forest is back to a more realistic level today and is sure to provide a fair yardstick to the worthiness of the form. Mark Johnston won this race last year so make a note of the presence of Persian Poet and Always De One in the market. Arctic Cosmos was not disgraced on debut at Kempton and this son of Derby winner, North Light, went into many notebooks on the back of that debut. Mountain Debut is from the family of Asian Heights so anything achieved at this stage of his career is merely a bonus. Medicinal Compound is favoured without reference to the market movers.
Arctic Cosmos (USA) 15-2 (9-3) Towards rear, soon pushed along, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Art Excellence (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Broctune Papa Gio Tobougg gelding out of Fairlie.
Desert Forest (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Went left start, tracked leader, under pressure over 2f out, soon faded, last of 4, 18l behind Azizi (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Favorite Woods 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind Mr Mahoganeigh (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Fourth Generation (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 13l behind Layla's Dancer (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Green Army Sulamani colt out of Dowhatjen.
Master Leon 14-1 (8-9) In rear, slightly hampered well over 5f out, always behind, 7th of 10, 21l behind Epic (8-11) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Sep.
Medicinal Compound 10-3 (9-3) Chased leaders, reminders after 2f, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Kumbeshwar (8-12) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Mountain Quest Hernando colt out of Miss Katmandu.
Myraid Danbird gelding out of My Desire.
Paschendale 8-1 (9-3) Slowly away, raced green in rear, ridden halfway, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, better for race, 5th of 9, 6l behind Mont Agel (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Persian Poet 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Ceilidh House (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.
War Wolf 80-1 (8-13) Behind, outpaced halfway, never dangerous, last of 10, 16l behind Mark Anthony (8-9) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Aug.
Abbi Jicaro 40-1 (7-12) Slowly into stride, never troubled leaders, 10th of 13, 11l behind Angel Of Fashion (9-4) at Leicester 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Always De One 40-1 (8-12) Close up, outpaced 3f out, soon lost place, 4th of 7, 8l behind Mr Irons (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Blue Lyric 3-1 (8-12) Chased leader, every chance approaching final furlong, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Armour (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Forethought 40-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 10l behind Golden Aria (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (4) gf in Sep.
Green Shoots 100-1 (8-5) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, soon behind, 11th of 12, 17l behind Fasilight (8-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.