ITALIAN RIVIERA isn't the first of his stable's representatives to improve for a step up in trip having scored over 2m at Kempton last week. Sir Mark Prescott's charge has a penalty to overcome but has plenty of scope for further progress and little to beat in this. Darsan finished closer at Yarmouth last time but has failed to beat a rival in his last two starts at this track while Sea Cliff was still beaten seven lengths when runner-up at Catterick recently. The remainder have shown little to recommend them of late and are consequently hard to fancy.
Caunay 100-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden 4f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 20l behind Wannabe Loved (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Darsan (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Keen in touch, headway to chase clear leader 4f out, ridden 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, plugged on one pace, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Beyeh (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Italian Riviera 6-1 (8-10) Took keen hold in touch, headway on inside over 3f out, led over 2f out, edged left and headed well over 1f out, rallied to lead again final 100 yards, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Celtic Charlie (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Sea Cliff (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, strayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Musically (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Sing Alana Sing 50-1 (8-3) Prominent, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 13, 10l behind Dolly Colman (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Dunaskin (IRE) 50-1 (8-5) Ridden leaving stalls, mid-division, headway 12f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 30l behind Zarosa (7-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Nesnaas (USA) 40-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 17l behind Blue Zealot (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Tanjung Agas (IRE) 50-1 (8-5) Chased leaders to over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, eased over 1f out, 8th of 9, 44l behind Hi Note (8-13) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Shakespeare Dancer 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 19l behind Chapter Nine (9-1) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.