English Summer looked set to run up a sequence off his current mark when winning at Lingfield in September. He's been beaten twice subsequently, however, and looks fairly handicapped after all. ALEKSANDAR won't get many better opportunities, especially with Patrick Hills taking 5lb off his back, and he gets the tentative vote to break his duck. Luctor Emergo has had easier chances of late but disappointed while Authentication is 8lb higher than his earlier win at Folkestone. Kazbow looks best of the remainder.
Kazbow (IRE) 28-1 (9-11) Towards rear, headway and hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 13, 6l behind O Ma Lad (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Fourth Generation (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) In rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Ukrainian (8-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
English Summer 4-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Porcini (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Almail (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 16l behind Saborido (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Toughness Danon 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, still appeared to be going well when not clear run over 1f out, shaken up and ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, given too much to do, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Peachez (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Passion Planet (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and no extra over 3f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Regal Tramp (9-8) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Broughton Sands 16-1 (9-9) Keen mid-division, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 11l behind Fleur De La Vie (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Brouhaha 5-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Vexillum (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Carnac (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind and pushed along throughout, ridden and struggling 4f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 24l behind Three White Socks (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Aleksandar 9-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway on outer 2f out, soon every chance, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Instrumentalist (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Authentication 4-1 (9-0) Led until over 5f out, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, gradually weakened, 6th of 9, 15l behind Petaluma (9-4) at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.