Cape Of Storms left today's rival Sir Louis and the rest of the field trailing in his wake when winning here recently. He was allowed to make the running on that occasion and he could well follow up if unchallenged for the lead here. However, there is also a chance he could set the race up for ACE OF SPIES. Conor Dore's charge won off a higher mark over C&D in August and this contest could pan out in his favour. He gets the nod with Apache Ridge looking best of the remainder.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, not troubled leaders, 5th of 12, 7l behind Alpha Tauri (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, no impression and soon beaten, 5th of 9, 5l behind Ajara (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Cape of Storms 11-4fav (9-7) Made all, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Sir Louis (9-4) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bel Cantor 16-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 10l behind McConnell (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Decider (USA) 16-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, hung badly right bend into straight 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Brandywell Boy (9-4) at Lingfield 5f sell stks (6) pol.
Sir Louis 9-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway 3f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Cape of Storms (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Darcy's Pride (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Reared start, always in rear, never a factor, 8th of 9, 14l behind Kheley (8-7) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.
Ballyvonane (USA) 25-1 (8-6) Keen held up, headway 2f out, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Super Frank (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fyodorovich (USA) 16-1 (8-0) Dwelt, towards rear and keen, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 8l behind Final Salute (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.