The progressive Loyalty won a conditions race here last week and is better off back in handicap company with the close-up third Blue Moon. Both had finished behind Mull Of Killough before that, however, when Richard Fahey's charge was runner-up at Lingfield. The latter looks a leading contender as he also beat Mia's Boy and Hazzard County on that occasion, but stablemate JUSTONEFORTHEROAD is given another chance. He still looked in need of the outing when sixth here last Saturday and May's Thirsk Hunt Cup winner should be spot on now on his third start back from a lay-off.
Mia's Boy 7-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on inner over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Riggins (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Steed 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 3l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-2) at Kempton 1m Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Loyalty 5-2 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (4) pol beating Famusa (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Mid-division, headway on outer 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Tinshu (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Hazzard County (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 8l behind Riggins (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Blue Moon 9-4fav (8-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, hard ridden when headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Loyalty (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (4) pol.
Justonefortheroad 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Clockmaker (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Fattsota 11-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, hung left and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Demolition (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Pendragon (USA) 13-8fav (9-9) Held up in touch, effort on inside over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 8, 4l behind Standpoint (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Calypso Magic (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leader until over 7f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 6, 22l behind Hunter's Light (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 3f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jul.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 10th of 14, 7l behind Maggie Neary (8-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.