Desert Chieftain won a lowly handicap at Yarmouth last time and the handicapper has taken no chances by raising him 9lb. Better is expected from Crystal Etoile after a disappointing run on the Fibresand at Southwell and he could figure, but preference goes to CATCHANOVA. He landed a double at Kempton in August and Eve Johnson Houghton's charge can race off a 3lb lower mark back on the turf. Skyfire and Could It Be Magic could prove best of the rest.
Skyfire 9-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Invincible Hero (11-5) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Catchanova (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Crystal Etoile 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair, demoted to 4th well inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Outpost (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Could It Be Magic 5-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, challenged on bit 2f out, still chance over 1f out, ridden and found nil inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Barista (8-13) at Chepstow 7f app sell stks (6) gd in Sep.
Rosedale 9-2 (9-8) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 7l behind Ancient Greece (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Sasheen 5-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 6l behind Lily In Pink (9-3) at Bath 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Green Earth (IRE) 15-8fav (9-1) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon headed, no extra close home, 4th of 7, 3l behind Stonecrabstomorrow (8-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) In touch until lost place halfway, never on terms after, 11th of 19, 13l behind Ellie In The Pink (8-6) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
My Vindication (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear on inside, headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Sit Tight (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Custom House (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Went right start raced wide, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Apollo D'Negro (8-12) at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Rafella (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Konstantin (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Recalcitrant 6-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, tracked leader, driven over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 7l behind Miss Blink (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Desert Chieftain 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep beating Croeso Mawr (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ocean Countess (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Dwelt, behind, switched to stand side over 3f out, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 8, 8l behind No Larking (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.