chased leaders, 8th halfway, not much room over 1f out and soon switched right, kept on same pace
slowly into stride, towards rear, 18th halfway, soon progress on outer, no extra inside final furlong
prominent, 4th halfway, effort and edged left over 1f out, soon chased winner and kept on same pace
held up, last halfway, effort soon after, one pace 1f out
soon disputed lead, led over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong
held up, 20th halfway, soon headway and effort, kept on same pace without threatening from 1f out
soon disputed lead, headed over 1f out, soon slightly impeded and kept on same pace
mid-division early, 17th halfway, soon headway and effort, one pace 1f out
soon tracked leaders, 6th halfway, one pace 1f out
chased leaders early, dropped to 19th halfway, soon headway and effort, one pace 1f out
held up towards rear, 21st halfway, soon headway travelling smoothly, kept on without threatening final furlong
mid-division early, 13th halfway, headway soon after, one pace 1f out
slowly into stride, towards rear, closer in 15th halfway, soon headway, kept on same pace without threatening inside final furlong
soon chased leaders, 9th halfway, one pace 1f out
prominent, 5th halfway, one pace 1f out
mid-division early, 11th halfway, soon progress, one pace 1f out
mid-division early, 10th halfway, effort soon after, kept on same pace final furlong
held up, 12th halfway, effort when slightly impeded 1f out, kept on same pace after
held up, 16th halfway, progress and pushed along soon after, one pace 1f out
mid-division early, 14th halfway, no extra and dropped behind final furlong
soon disputed lead, headed over 1f out, soon edged left and bumped rival, no extra after
soon chased leaders, 7th halfway, effort and bumped slightly under 1f out, kept on same pace after
This has been run three times and gone to Yorkshire on each occasion, including in 2015 with George Bowen. Richard Fahey's charge has continued to run well at a similar level and looks better than stable companion Gin In The Inn. David O'Meara, who won the race in 2014, saddles Al Qahwa and he's only 3lb higher than when landing a Class 2 handicap at York on soft ground. TITHONUS has been brilliantly placed to win eight races, including a double in top handicaps here in July. Both were on quick ground but he handles softer conditions and can repel the raiders. Snap Shots was only just beaten by the latter in the summer so has to be respected while both Ducky Mallon and Ice Age are on hat-tricks, though face much stiffer tasks off their new marks. Celebration has twice finished close up behind the selection here but is better off at the weights, though he's very closely matched with Miss Power on their 1-2 at Navan in May.
Raucous 9-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway when not clear run inside final furlong, never dangerous, 11th of 19, 6 1/4l behind Johnny Barnes (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Poyle Vinnie 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 17th of 26, 5 1/4l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Al Qahwa (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Raced stands side, in touch, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 19, 4 3/4l behind Mattmu (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Reckless Endeavour (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, under pressure and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug beating Sharp Defence (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ice Age (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Prominent, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Windsor 6f hcp (2) gs in Aug beating Upstaging (9-9) by 1l, 15 ran.
Celebration 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division early, 9th halfway, pushed along and progress 2f out, soon chased leaders, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 1l behind Tithonus (9-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jul.
Tithonus (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, ran on inside final 100 yards, 5th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Desert Law (8-13) at York 5f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Maarek 11-2 (10-0) Pushed along early towards rear, switched right after 1 1/2f and 6th halfway, ridden under 2f out, kept on one pace into 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Comhghairdeas (8-12) at Tipperary 5f hcp sft in Aug.
Snap Shots (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Raced far side, held up, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, kept on well closing stages, 4th of 19, 1 3/4l behind Mattmu (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
George Bowen (IRE) 18-1 (8-8) Raced stands side, mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 6th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Mattmu (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Gin In The Inn (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Dwelt, raced alone towards far side, held up and always towards rear, never on terms, 13th of 16, 7 1/2l behind Scorching Heat (8-9) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Rattling Jewel 7-1 (9-12) Towards rear, 9th halfway, ridden to close over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd final 150 yards, never nearer, 3rd of 13, 5 1/2l behind St Brelades Bay (9-1) at Curragh 6f hcp Yielding in Aug.
Ma Fee Heela (FR) 14-1 (8-11) Raced in 7th early, no impression from before straight, 12th of 16, 16l behind Dream Walker (9-3) at Galway 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Aug.
Rapid Applause 8-1 (9-10) Towards rear, 11th halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened, eased final 150 yards, 11th of 13, 18 3/4l behind St Brelades Bay (9-1) at Curragh 6f hcp Yielding in Aug.
Comhghairdeas (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Led or disputed lead, pushed along and headed over 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Tipperary 5f hcp sft in Aug beating Go Kart (9-11) by shd, 8 ran.
Ducky Mallon (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along and headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and edged left 150 yards out, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 6f hcp gd in Aug beating Patuano (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Patuano (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and switched right 1 1/2f out, ridden in 6th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ducky Mallon (9-0) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Swish (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in touch in last, went 4th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on without threatening to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/4l behind Intelligence Cross (9-3) at Navan 6f Yielding in Sep.
Art Obsession (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 20, 5 1/2l behind Teruntum Star (9-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Alfredo Arcano (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along 2f out and ridden in 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Reckless Endeavour (9-6) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug.
Enter The Red (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, took closer order over 1f out, ridden under 1f out, weakened, 7th of 13, 9 1/2l behind St Brelades Bay (9-1) at Curragh 6f hcp Yielding in Aug.
Blairmayne (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 12th 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 19, 5 1/4l behind Doonard Prince (8-11) at Navan 6f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Confrontational (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, switched left under 2f out and ridden over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Reckless Endeavour (9-6) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug.
Miss Power (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along and some headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge over 100 yards out, no impression closing stages, 4th of 8, 1l behind Ice Cold In Alex (8-4) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.