ORPSIE BOY was beaten only a short-head over track and trip last month. He can effectively race off a lower mark with an apprentice's allowance taken into account and Ruth Carr's charge gets the nod. Monte Cassino scored here three weeks ago but the eight-year-old has yet to win off a mark as high as today's while Red Cobra has a poor strike rate though he's finished a bit closer on the Turf of late. Basle has been well beaten since scoring here in June but Piccolo Express can pop-up at this level when the mood takes him.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders and switched right over 1f out, ridden and chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind Bogsnog (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Basle 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 13l behind Viennese Verse (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Moortahan 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, under pressure over 4f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 8, well behind Collodi (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Piccolo Express 8-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 8l behind Harvest Mist (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Maakirr (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Penbryn (USA) 13-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never on terms, 9th of 11, 9l behind Burren View Lady (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Red Cobra (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, effort to lead well over 1f out, soon hung left and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Fanoos (9-3) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Purley Queen (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, moderate headway inside final furlong, never involved, 7th of 13, 6l behind Sweet Vintage (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Drive Home (USA) 28-1 (8-10) Chased leader, led 5f out, headed over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 13, 23l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Schoolboy Champ 33-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, 9th of 10, 14l behind Powerful Pierre (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Misty Eyes 100-1 (8-7) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 25l behind Collingbourneducis (8-5) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Oct.