KING'S ROAD ploughed through the mud to score at Brighton a week ago and given this doesn't look any tougher, he's taken to follow-up. Khun John has a soft ground win to his credit and has been in good form on the all-weather recently while it was testing ground when Royal Defence scored at Brighton in September but he's been well below par so far this year. Cuckoo Rock's only win so far came in heavy ground at this track and he could prove best of the rest.
King's Road 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Heading To First (8-7) by 1l, 9 ran.
Dzesmin (POL) 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, every chance over 2f out, soon hung left and faded, 5th of 11, 13l behind Lifetime (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Cuckoo Rock (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Chased leader, led briefly approachiing final 3f, stayed presssing leaders, hung left 2f out, rallied to well held 2nd inside final furlong until outpaced to 3rd final 120 yards, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Sweet World (9-6) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Visions of Johanna (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, some headway on inside rail 4f out, stayed alone on far side in straight, soon struggling and no chance with leaders, 8th of 9, 41l behind King's Road (9-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Khun John (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon headed, no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Teak (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Royal Defence (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 46l behind Lord Of The Storm (8-8) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.
Darsan (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Dwelt, soon tracking winner, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd entering final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Talbot Green (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Rasteau (IRE) 22-1 (8-2) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 5l behind Land Hawk (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.