The handicapper took no chances with German import De Rigueur and raised him 9lb for a win at Haydock in September while English Summer has reverted back to his old ways after scoring at Lingfield in the same month. Standpoint makes a quick reappearance having found a couple too good at Lingfield on Wednesday and still looks a shade a high in the weights as does the unpredictable Boa. The latter beat Sir Boss over C&D last month with BADEA further behind but Richard Fahey's charge is fancied to reverse running on better terms today.
Standpoint 8-1 (9-10) Steadied start in rear, headway on outer entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Stand Guard (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Elizabeth Coffee (IRE) 15-8fav (9-9) Held up, headway to track leaders over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, chance 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Eijaaz (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) sft in Jul.
Boa 10-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, ridden 3f out, well beaten over 2f out, 8th of 11, 29l behind Pertemps Networks (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Carter 40-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 7l behind Flying Power (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
West End Lad 12-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (9-3) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
English Summer 4-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 18l behind Mutual Regard (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sir Boss (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, no headway, 7th of 11, 20l behind Pertemps Networks (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dazzling Valentine 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division on outside, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, headed towards finish, no extra, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Toughness Danon 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headwy over 3f out, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Pertemps Networks (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Badea 9-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, still every chance just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Focail Maith (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
De Rigueur 4-5fav (9-8) Stumbled start in touch, headway 3f out, soon joined leaders and looked to be going well, ridden and found nil over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 17l behind Layline (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Jack Dawkins (USA) 10-3 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 4l behind Just Lille (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.