The suspicion remains that Grand Vizier's all-weather mark is still too high and, as this is his first start on Fibresand, he looks worth opposing with ETON FABLE. Bill Ratcliffe's charge has been placed on his last three starts here, including a close-up second to La Estrella a week ago, and that form was franked when the latter won here again on Tuesday. He can land this at the chief expense of Royal Holiday, who has a bit to find with the selection on latest running, while Sir Haydn and the remainder look up against it on these terms.
Byron Bay 50-1 (8-13) Led after 1f, ridden 4f out, headed approaching 3f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 11, 24l behind Bring Sweets (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Credential 40-1 (10-3) Raced wide early, led 9f out, headed narrowly 3f out, ridden and every over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Jackie Kiely (10-9) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Doric Echo 28-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven along 3f out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 11, 47l behind Astrodonna (8-13) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Eton Fable (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, joined leader 8f out, ridden 4f out, driven to lead over 2f out, headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (6) fbs.
Grand Vizier (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Slowly away, behind, never a factor, 5th of 8, 11l behind Aflaam (8-13) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Sir Haydn 22-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on inside, ridden to chase leader over 3f out to over 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Castle Myth (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Led, joined 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 5, 2 1/4l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (6) fbs.