Pearl Noir has experience of the track but is without a win in 17 starts now and Anjuna Beach returned a losing odds-on favourite over course and distance at this time last year. Better Value ran well at Lingfield on his first start for a new yard and Lateral Thinking has joined James Evans after making the frame at Down Royal in July. But SUGAR TOWN caught the eye making late progress to finish third over 7f here on her racecourse debut and she gets the vote to open her account over today's extra distance.
Anjuna Beach (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 15l behind Golden Jubilee (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Better Value (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Skidby Mill (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Lateral Thinking (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Harpist (9-0) at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Pearl Noir 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, soon outpaced and lost place, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, modest 5th inside final furlong until final strides, 6th of 12, 12l behind Hannahs Turn (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs.
Stun Gun Medicean gelding out of Tapas En Bal.
Tornado Battle 20-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, ridden and effort on outside 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Pim Street (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Sugar Town 4-1 (9-0) Slowly away in rear, riddeen and headway 3f out, kept on to go 3rd final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Barbados Bob (9-0) at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs.