AUTHORITARIAN hasn't won since picking up this race in testing ground last year. But he's 3lb lower today and first-time blinkers may sharpen him up after a better effort at Haydock last time. Prime Exhibit has won a seller this season but today's going is against him, although it was soft ground when The Scuttler won at Ayr last month and he could figure again. Ivor's Princess has tumbled down the weights and Natalia and Pearl Style are open to improvement on their handicap debuts.
Prime Exhibit 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Save The Bees (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Authoritarian 14-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Visit Copenhagen (9-4) at Haydock 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
The Scuttler (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader until 3f out, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 13, 27l behind Bold Duke (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Croeso Mawr 18-1 (9-1) Took keen hold towards rear, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 25l behind Singersongwriter (8-13) at Ffos Las 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Sep.
Ivor's Princess 10-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway far side under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Tenbridge (9-5) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Empiricist (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, never on terms, 6th of 7, 8l behind Madame Elizabeth (8-8) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Know No Fear 20-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, steadied off heels 6f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 13, 5l behind Pat's Legacy (8-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Natalia 20-1 (8-12) Held up behind in touch, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Iptisam (9-8) at Chester 7f mdn stks (4) gs in Aug.
Pearl Style (FR) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Appease (9-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Rioja Day (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led until over 5f out, chased leader, ridden to lead again well over 1f out, headed over 1f out, chased leaders, one pace inside final furlong, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sword of The Lord (8-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Kindia (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Raced wide towards rear of mid-division, wide on home turn,, 8th of 13, 9l behind Tammuz (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.