AGENT ARCHIE was highly tried after winning a couple of times last winter and hinted at a revival at Bangor last time. On today's going, he makes more appeal than the versatile Stormy Weather, who finished ahead of Indepub and Hi Dancer at Cartmel 12 days ago. Lisbon may have gone off the boil judged on his latest third at Perth while Mount Vesuvius carries a penalty for his win in a much lower grade at Stratford and is likely to find a few of these too strong.
Agent Archie (USA) 7-2 (11-10) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed soon after next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Adelar (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Stormy Weather (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden 5th, not fluent 2 out, went 5th last, no impression, 5th of 14, 13l behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Lisbon (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Handy, jumped slowly 5th, not fluent 3 out, one pace last, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Howwoulduno (11-5) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Hi Dancer 28-1 (11-4) In rear, struggling 5th, 9th of 14, 33l behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Indepub 20-1 (10-12) Held up, always towards rear, 8th of 14, 30l behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, led after 5th, ridden before last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Aug beating Ajman (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.