Connectivity beat NEPTUNE EQUESTER by 15 lengths at Southwell earlier this month but Brian Ellison's course and distance winner re-opposes on 12lb better terms and will have been brought on by that run. We fancy the 10-year-old to take his revenge today in what appears a virtual match. It's almost two years since Dooney Rock last won and he has his first run for a new yard here while Makhzoon is starting to look a light of former days. Herostatus and Aggie's Lad were also pulled up last time and Bold Slasher appears to have little chance at the weights.
Connectivity (IRE) 6-5fav (11-4) Raced wide tracking leading pair, went 2nd 5th, led before 9th, came clear from 2 out, easily, won at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) sft beating Neptune Equester (11-8) by 15l, 6 ran.
Herostatus 8-1 (11-5) In rear, quickly weakened before 6th, pulled up, in a race won by Carlton Jack (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Neptune Equester 15-8 (11-8) Held up in touch in last trio, pushed along and went 3rd before 9th, driven and went 2nd between last 2, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Connectivity (11-4) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) sft.
Dooney Rock (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 5th after 3 out, moderate 4th next, moderate 5th and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 20l behind Viaduct Joey (10-9) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 hvy in Oct.
Aggie's lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Amore Mio (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Makhzoon (USA) 33-1 (11-1) Led to 4th, pushed along before 6th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Big Casino (11-1) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 10 ran.
Bold Slasher (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, pushed along before 7th, soon weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Cyrien Star (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.