Magnitude remains on a winning mark after scoring at Leicester, but is not certain to confirm the form with runner-up Ishismart. The latter was beaten less than a length having been absent from the track for 18 months and is sure to strip fitter here. However, TRANSFER makes more appeal as he escapes a penalty for winning an apprentices' race at Haydock last week under today's pilot and is dropping down a grade today. Richard Price's charge gets the nod ahead of recent Bath runner-up Corrib.
Hathaway (IRE) 18-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, hung right, ran wide and lost place bend 2f out, soon behind, last of 12, 28l behind Kenyan Cat (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Magnitude 4-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to lead well inside final fulong, won at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May beating Ishismart (8-8) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ishismart 12-1 (8-8) Led, headed 8f out, pressed leader over 2f out, ridden to lead again over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Magnitude (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Transfer 10-3fav (8-5) Mid-division, headway 5f out, led 3f out, clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Amir Pasha (8-13) by 4l, 10 ran.
Lion Road (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 19l behind Magnitude (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Petito (IRE) 66-1 (7-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 16l behind Danvilla (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Corrib (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Dwelt, rushed up to lead and soon clear, driven over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Art Scholar (9-2) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) gd.
Warrior Nation (FR) 16-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 13l behind Command Marshal (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Libre 25-1 (8-2) Broke well, soon steadied to mid-division, effort over 2f out, faded, 6th of 7, 27l behind Art Scholar (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Scarlet Ridge 100-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon lost place, last of 10, 31l behind Monterosso (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan '10.
Robbmaa (FR) 16-1 (7-11) Took keen hold in 3rd, lost place 5f out, soon behind, tailed off final 2f, last of 5, 41l behind Mutadarrej (7-9) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul.
Chill Out Charley 66-1 (8-0) Went right start, chased leaders, driven along halfway, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 12, 36l behind The Human League (9-4) at Goodwood 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.