prominent, lost place over 3f out, effort over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
took keen hold, chased leaders, hanging left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong
led, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish
chased leaders, not much room and lost place after 1f, headway from 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on
reared slightly start and went left, headway on outside 4f out, hanging right 2f out, losing place when hampered over 1f out
chased leaders, not much room and lost place 2f out, well beaten from over 1f out
DESERT ACE has won 10 races, including two on this track. He had the favourite Excessable behind when runner-up at Musselburgh last time and, though the latter didn't get the best of runs, the places can be confirmed. Sheepscar Lad is on a long losing run but hasn't been beaten far in his last two races here and must be in with a shout. Archimedes has won 11 times, though mainly at Class 6 level ,while Tan may find the stiff 5f beyond him and the locally-trained Van Gerwen was beaten in a Thirsk seller on Monday. Qaaraat is 1-28 and running poorly though is now on his lowest-ever mark.
Excessable 3-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort when not clear run from over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Bashiba (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Sheepscar Lad (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, stayed on gamely, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Four Wheel Drive (9-10) at Beverley 5f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Archimedes (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Hampered start, soon in rear, not a factor after, 17th of 18, 9l behind Dark Shadow (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Desert Ace (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, keen, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, nk behind Bashiba (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Tan 5-2 (9-3) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Wiley Post (9-12) at Brighton 5f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Qaaraat 6-1 (9-10) Chased leader, switched left 4f out, soon lost place, effort when not much room over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 6 3/4l behind Secret Potion (9-7) at Leicester 5f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Van Gerwen 15-2 (9-8) In touch towards far side, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 19, 5 1/2l behind Fard (8-9) at Thirsk 6f hcp (6) gf in Sep.