ALPHA TAURI is difficult to oppose in this. He made all to win a similar event over 7f here last month and Frank Sheridan's gelding looks likely to get his own way up front once again. Elusive Warrior found El Dececy too good here on Tuesday but Nora Looby's 7lb claim will help today's cause, though he still has plenty to find with the selection on earlier running. General Tufto and Crocodile Bay are struggling for form, while Bajan Pride has a bit to find at the weights on his return from a lay-off.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 3-1 (9-5) Made all, clear from halfway, ridden over 1f out, driven out final furlong, unchallenged, won at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Topcroft (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Ridden leaving stalls, soon prominent, ridden and slightly outpaced over 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind El Dececy (9-4) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs.
General Tufto 10-1 (9-7) Always in rear, last of 5, 8l behind Stanley Rigby (8-13) at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Bajan Pride 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders to over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 31l behind Moody Tunes (9-8) at Newcastle 1m clm stks (6) gs in Aug.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Held up, headway 3f out, chased winner 2f out, no impression, lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind El Dececy (9-4) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs.
Duplicity 33-1 (9-6) Always behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 9l behind Tislaam (9-3) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.