CRITICAL POINT beat a subsequent winner when successful at Brighton last month and Sir Mark Prescott's charge looks to have slightly stronger form than Norfolk Sky. The latter won over C&D on his latest start and makes more appeal than the frustrating Kashgar. Better Be Mine threw in a bad one at Kempton last time after a series of placed efforts and Cape Rainbow failed to improve on a more promising run when well beaten at this track a fortnight ago albeit over 2m.
Chella Thriller (SPA) 16-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 28l behind Suzi's A Class Act (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Norfolk Sky 9-4fav (8-11) In touch, tracked leaders 8f out, chased leader approaching final furlong, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Sep beating Stag Hill (8-7) by 2l, 12 ran.
Kashgar 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Porcini (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Plus Fours (USA) 22-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, well beaten final 3f, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Authentication (8-6) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Critical Point 5-1 (8-9) Steadied start, took keen hold and soon tracked leaders, not much room 3f out, rallied on inside under pressure 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, stayed on strongly and came clear inside final furlng, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep beating Blue Dune (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Cape Rainbow 13-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 22l behind Porcini (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Musically 5-2fav (8-7) Always towards rear, ridden on inside 3f out, never a factor, 6th of 11, 12l behind Arch Event (9-1) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Sep.
Inniscastle Boy 10-3fav (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in touch, went prominent 9f out, led over 5f out, headed 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Azrag (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Better Be Mine (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 13, 14l behind Porcini (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Always Eager 13-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on, 6th of 13, 6l behind Chasin' Rainbows (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Sir Dylan 33-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon tailed off, hung badly left and virtually pulled up 6f out, last of 8, well behind Cufflink (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f clm stks (5) sft.
Cruachan (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, soon chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 23l behind Danchai (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep.