With plenty of pace to chase a chance is taken on ROYAL INTRUDER. The booking of Richard Hughes appears significant as he was aboard for the horse's last success and the pair appear a nice match, as his patient riding approach suits this strong traveller who is undeniably well-handicapped. Excellent Show looks the pick of the prominent racers ahead of Walvis Bay and Living It Large as she's yet to finish outside the first two on artificial surfaces, but this is her first start for some time and perhaps this isn't the time to back her. Avertor is capable of winning from this mark when things drop right which they failed to do at Goodwood but he has it to prove on the surface, unlike Diriculous who could go well dropped in grade ahead of his return to action.
Diriculous 8-1 (8-13) Towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 8l behind Ingleby Arch (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Oct '09.
Pavershooz 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 6th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Thats A Fret (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up never a factor, 11th of 12, 13l behind Joe Packet (8-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Excellent Show 11-10fav (9-2) Took keen hold, slight lead to halfway, chased winner, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 4, hd behind Colorus (8-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Walvis Bay (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden over 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace to threaten leading trio, 4th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Haajes (9-2) at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Living It Large (FR) 4-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakend over 1f out, beaten and eased when short of room towards finish, 11th of 12, 7l behind Piscean (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Avertor 5-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 10th of 13, 7l behind R Woody (9-3) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Marvellous Value (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division stands side, ridden 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 14th of 27, 7l behind Cheveton (9-1) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Legal Eagle (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Captain Royale (8-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Royal Intruder 5-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Matsunosuke (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Defector (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Went left start, tracked leader, tried to bite rival horse 2f out, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 16l behind Primaeval (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Mister Laurel 66-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 19, 4l behind Baby Strange (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Sarah's Art (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Went right start, always behind, 9th of 12, 8l behind Swiss Cross (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.