Paul Nicholls has provided the winner of this in three of the last four years. All were French imports as is FULL BLAST, third at Enghien back in March when noted making good late headway. He looks the one to beat today ahead of Brook, another recent arrival from across the Channel who has a penalty to carry after winning at Cluny in May. Russian Bolero ran in Germany on the Flat and also has 7lb extra for winning at Plumpton while Karezak should win races over timber. He was very unlucky not to win on the level having found only one too good in his last five starts up to 1m5f. Golden Doyen may need this but is another worth monitoring.
Russian Bolero (GER) 7-4fav (10-12) Led until 2nd, remained prominent, went 2nd approaching 5th, led before 2 out, came clear from last, stayed on strongly, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Witch From Rome (10-9) by 7l, 12 ran.
Brook (FR) (10-5) won at Cluny(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf gs in May, 6 ran.
Foot Soldier (FR) Soldier Of Fortune gelding out of Just Bold.
Full Blast (FR) (10-3) 3rd of 14, 6l behind Sir D'alma (10-3) at Enghien(FR) 1m 7f 3yo hdl gs in Mar.
Golden Doyen (GER) 7-2 (8-13) won at Compiegne(FR) 1m 1f 2yo stk hvy in Oct '13 beating Mariele (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran (flat).
Hopeigetlucky 40-1 (8-2) Held up, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 5l behind Frederic Chopin (9-1) at Goodwood 2m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Karezak (IRE) 4-9fav (9-5) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, went 3rd over 2f out, 2nd inside final 2f, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, kept on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Seamour (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep (flat).
Planet Rock 100-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, blundered 2nd, jinked right and unseated rider next, in a race won by Russian Bolero (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep, 12 ran.
Lady Knight (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place from 3rd and reminders, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind The Wallace Line (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd.
Magic Magnolia (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Led until 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 7, 28l behind Vosne Romanee (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Sheer Poetry (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sexy Secret (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Symphony Of Pearls 100-1 (8-11) Slowly away and went left start, always behind, last of 11, 27l behind About Turn (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jul '13 (flat).
Maid Of Tuscany (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden, wide and no impression over 1f out, 11th of 13, 8l behind Stoneham (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) (flat).