Another big field for the finale, and Barney Curley's AGAPANTHUS can make the most of being bottom weight to land the spoils, although dangers abound with Penchesco and Cwm Rhondda completing our shortlist. A winner at Brighton last time out nwhen landing a gamble, market support today should most definitely be noted, but it remains to be seen whether he can repeat that effort, which followed some poor previous form. Cwm Rhondda has three career wins to her name, all at this distance but at Yarmouth. She was runner up in a fillies' event last month on seasonal re-appearance,, and should come on for that. Penchesco has some decent recent form, but may find he's too much weight to carry, off this career near high mark. Alan King's got a couple of interesting entrants, having their first run for him; Wild Desert, previously with Ian Williams and Union Island who's moved from Kevin Ryan's yard, have both been off the track for a long while, and market support should be noted. However, our final punt of the evening is to support Agapanthus.
Buddy Holly 11-4 (9-4) Held up in touch, pushed along and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Feathered Crown (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Union Island (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Bumped start, took keen old, soon in mid-division on outside, pushed along over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 11, 10l behind Luc Jordan (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Wild Desert (FR) 25-1 (8-12) Keen, tracked leader, ridden to lead well over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind War of The Roses (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb '09.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 20-1 (8-7) Steadied start, in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 37l behind Follow The Flag (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Nizhoni Dancer 5-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, pushed along 4f out, struggling in rear 3f out, last of 11, 25l behind Putra One (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Cwm Rhondda (USA) 33-1 (9-10) Raced in last place, steady headway on outer from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Right Rave (8-10) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
At Wits End 14-1 (8-8) In touch, pushed along 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Putra One (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Penchesco (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Buddy Holly (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Tanto Faz (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 7l behind Thin Red Line (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Archie Rice (USA) 17-2 (8-10) Reluctant to leave stalls, lost about 10 lengths, raced towards center, in rear, never on terms, 6th of 7, 7l behind Ellemujie (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Etruscan (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 8l behind Some Sunny Day (8-11) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Sagredo (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Held up well in rear in slow run race, ridden over 1f out, kept on to go 4th, never place to challenge, 4th of 9, 5l behind Lyra's Daemon (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Fastback (IRE) (8-12) 5th of 7, 2l behind Lapao (9-4) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk hvy in Nov.
Opera Prince 4-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 11l behind Raptor (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Bowsers Brave (USA) 14-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, kept on for hand riding inside final furlong, never near leaders, 10th of 14, 8l behind Harvest Dancer (9-0) at Goodwood 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Black N Brew (USA) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, switched right over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd near finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Halsion Chancer (10-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Agapanthus (GER) 2-1fav (8-12) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, soon hard ridden to challenge, led well inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Inspirina (9-1) by 2l, 6 ran.