Carthaginian comes out best at the weights and is fit from hurdling. But he hasn't run a decent race for some time now and Incendo makes more appeal on his recent win in plating company at Catterick as he went close at Windsor subsequently. Aqua Ardens has been running well over shorter trips but is attempting today's distance for the first time while Matraash saves his best for the all-weather nowadays. JUVENAL drops back down in class and gets a speculative vote if reproducing the form that saw him go close at Leicester in September.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 25-1 (8-12) Held up in rear and never involved, 9th of 12, 14l behind Ree's Rascal (8-13) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Incendo 3-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in last quartett, steady headway 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, driven and stayed on into 2nd over 1f out, strong challenge in closing stages, always just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Anaconda (10-0) at Windsor 1m 2f clm stks (5) gf.
Juvenal (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 11l behind Ellaal (9-1) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Matraash (USA) 20-1 (9-8) Steadeid start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, never a factor, last of 8, 16l behind Anaconda (10-0) at Windsor 1m 2f clm stks (5) gf.
Carthaginian (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, well beaten final 2f, 10th of 12, well behind Arc Light (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Yorksters Prince (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Prominent, led over 7f out, headed over 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 9, 10l behind St Moritz (9-4) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Some Boy Lukey 66-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden 5f out, went 4th but weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, 32l behind Ruwasi (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft.