A drop in grade and a return to soft ground enabled GATEPOST to gain his first success since May 2011 at Windsor last week and a 6lb penalty doesn't look enough to prevent a quick double. Green Howard, runner-up in soft ground in Ayr's Bronze Cup, has won over 7f on this track but is just as effective over this trip and has to be a threat. The Strig won twice on soft ground last month but the assessor looked to have got to him on his hat-trick bid at Windsor. Monsieur Jamie is a specialist at Southwell where he's won four times and he also loves testing ground but he's never scored beyond the minimum trip. The three-year-old Front Page News is very consistent though appears better over 7f but King Bertie is back to form and can go well despite a 6lb rise for scoring at Southwell.
Chooseday (IRE) 5-1 (8-0) Dwelt, in rear, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 8l behind Doc Hay (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Green Howard 15-2 (9-3) Held up in last, headway over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, no impression on leaders, 4th of 19, 7l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Gatepost (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, clear towards finish, ran on, won at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Tagula Night (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Piscean (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Always in rear, last of 10, 12l behind B Fifty Two (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
King Bertie (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) With leaders on outside, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Monnoyer (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Dance With Dragons (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Breccbennach (8-10) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
The Strig 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, unable to quicken entering final furlong, stayed on close home, 5th of 11, 3l behind Prince Regal (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Monsieur Jamie 5-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders on stands' side rail, outpaced when switched left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong to take 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Da'quonde (9-1) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Lulu The Zulu (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on inside, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-1) at Warwick 6f hcp (3) gf.
Comrade Bond 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mr David (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Front Page News 7-1 (9-1) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Whipper Snapper (9-2) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Italian Tom (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind The Strig (9-4) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Exzachary 15-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Baron Run (8-9) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.