Calculated Risk ran well in a Listed event at Sandown earlier this month, despite only finishing sixth, and will be more at home in this company. The same comment applies to Stormy Weather, who failed to figure up against much higher-rated rivals in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last time. But PAS TROP TARD is preferred after finding only Zaplamation too good at Wetherby with Lexi's Boy and Dumbarton well beaten. Oscar Tanner and Walser are both taking a big step up in class for this.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 11-1 (10-13) Led, ridden before last, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs.
The Knoxs (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden to challenge after 4 out, blundered next, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov, 17 ran.
Calculated Risk 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Deep Trouble (10-11) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Stormy Weather (FR) 100-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, struggling 4 out, no chance before next, 7th of 8, 22l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Dumbarton (IRE) 17-2 (11-10) Held up towards rear, some headway before 2 out, no impression, 9th of 13, 8l behind Zaplamation (10-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Allow Me 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, mistake 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 7, 22l behind Corkage (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar '12.
Oscar Tanner (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th and one pace when mistake 2 out, went 3rd when mistake last, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Heath Hunter (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) sft in Nov.
Walser (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort between last 2, every chance last, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.