Kickboxer and Musical Comedy fought out a finish at Haydock with the former just prevailing. He hasn't run badly in subsequent outings but was beaten 4l by Storm Trooper at Sandown earlier. The latter has since run moderately at Leicester and has plenty of weight while the race that Spiceupyourlife won at Ripon hasn't worked out particularly well. Makin The Rules has run well in two similar races after his maiden success and his rider's claim is a bonus but it was impossible not to be impressed with the victory of AEOLUS at Chester. Ed McMahon's colt overcame trouble in-running to score by 7l and with more to come he'll take all the beating.
Storm Trooper (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led stands side until merged with centre group, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Stars Above Me (8-2) at Leicester 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Sep.
Aeolus 11-4 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, switched left and not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, led inside final furlong, soon clear, ran on well, won at Chester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Sep beating Telegraph (9-5) by 7l, 7 ran.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Chased leadedrs, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Deeds Not Words (8-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Musical Comedy 5-6fav (9-4) Keen tracked leaders, pressed winner from over 1f out, ridden and unable to quicken towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Kickboxer (8-11) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Mr Matthews (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, stumbled and unseated rider over 2f out, in a race won by Black Treacle (9-1) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp (2) sft in Sep, 15 ran.
Sandra's Diamond (IRE) 4-5fav (8-4) Led down to start, made virtually all, edged left to inside over 2f out, came clear over 1f out, eased close home, unchallenged, won at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd beating Missouri Spirit (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 3 ran.
Iftaar (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Led until over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 15, 8l behind Mitraad (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Kickboxer (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Soon driven and outpaced towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure towards far side over 1f out, stayed on to dispute 2nd final furlong, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Hot Streak (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Smart Salute 4-1 (9-6) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression towards finish, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Gown (8-13) at Sandown 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf.
Makin The Rules (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 15, ns behind Black Treacle (9-1) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Spiceupyourlife (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, driven to lead inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final 75 yards, won at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Ahoy There (9-5) by 3l, 7 ran.
Disclosure 9-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 38l behind See The Sun (9-7) at Thirsk 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Pennine Warrior 9-2 (9-5) Chased leader racing on rail, lost 2nd 2f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Inyordreams (9-0) at Thirsk 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Sherston 3-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden 2f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind True Comment (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Bahamian C 12-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Alphabet Rap (9-5) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Sep.
Tancred (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) In touch, switched right to challenge over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 7l behind Meteoroid (9-5) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Rozene (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged over 1f out, led entering final furlong, edged left, ridden out, won at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep beating Cordite (9-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Neighbother 33-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Remember (9-5) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Penina (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Chased leader, ridden to challenge and hung right over 1f out, led 1f out, held on, driven out, won at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Apr beating Inciting Incident (8-13) by hd, 10 ran.