Ocean Tempest certainly wasn't winning out of turn at Chester five days ago but is going to find this tough under a penalty. At the opposite end of the handicap, COMRADE BOND is back on a winning mark and two of his three course and distance victories have come on soft ground. A big run is anticipated and he can get the better of Shesastar, another who is potentially well treated, and June's Newmarket winner Azrur. The going may not suit Albaqaa and Tipping Over hasn't progressed as expected while Les Troyens, Rebellious Guest and Intimidate have all been out of sorts.
Ocean Tempest 8-1 (9-5) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, edged left, slightly brushed rival close home, held on, won at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Balty Boys (9-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Les Troyens 33-1 (8-11) Tracked clear leader stands side, outpaced when groups merged over 2f out, ridden and lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 17, 13l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
Rebellious Guest 40-1 (8-5) Raced near side, held up towards rear, never involved, 24th of 29, 15l behind Galician (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Albaqaa 6-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 7, 11l behind Mezzotint (9-5) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Azrur (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Breden (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Tipping Over (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 26l behind Askaud (9-12) at Newmarket 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Shesastar 10-1 (9-1) Removed hood late, slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 9l behind Aeronwyn Bryn (8-8) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Intimidate 33-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and soon edged left, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 12l behind Secret Art (8-8) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Great Expectations 6-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 12l behind First Post (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Comrade Bond 7-1 (9-9) Prominent, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Excuse To Linger (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.