Newton Cross has failed to reproduce winning Polytrack form on Turf and is best watched until doing so whilst Air Squadron, having shown little in three runs in France, was tailed-off when backed into favouritism on his UK debut on the Fibresand. He won't be the last to not take to that special surface and it will be interesting to see if the money comes for him again reverting to Turf. BENBECULA has been in good form over timber this year where he's rated 120 and is a fair dual purpose performer. Mikey Ennis taking off 7lb is an interesting booking and he looks the safest option in a weak contest. Polstar looked to be going places earlier this year as a hurdler but has suddenly become devoid of spark on recent starts. Presumably he's been sent here in an attempt to rekindle the fire.
Polstar (FR) (9-6) 10th of 11, 16l behind Zarakhova (8-7) at Mont De Marsan(FR) 1m 2f stk gs in Sep.
Benbecula 16-1 (8-13) Led and set good pace, pushed along 4f out, ridden and pressed 2f out, soon headed, chased leaders, edged right and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 8l behind Xinbama (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Significant Move 20-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 9l behind Annaluna (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Air Squadron 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, soon struggling, 4th of 6, 38l behind Dino Mite (8-9) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Jun.
Double Dealites 7-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along 6f out, staying on when hampered on inside over 1f out, switched right to outside and plugged on inside final furlong, modest 4th in closing stages, 4th of 11, 13l behind Underwritten (8-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Newtown Cross (IRE) 7-2fav (8-4) Tracked leading pair, ridden well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 9l behind Arashi (9-1) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Assembly 33-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 12l behind Hostile Fire (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Last Echo (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Towards rear, pushed along and struggling on outside 5f out, tailed off, 10th of 14, 30l behind Red Passiflora (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.