Three of these bid for hat-tricks. Up Ten Down Two landed a double at Newcastle and is upped 9lb while Zenafire and LUGANO carry penalties after recent wins over 1m6f here and Wolverhampton respectively. But the latter was having his first start of the year and, with further progress expected from Sir Mark Prescott’s colt, gets the vote. Lopito de Vega would prefer softer going and Albert Boy should have done better at Yarmouth last time having escaped a penalty for an earlier success at Leicester.
Lugano 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led 8f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jun beating Boychick (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Zenafire 6-5fav (9-13) Tracked leader, led approaching final furlong 3f out, soon clear, comfortable, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Jun beating Barizan (10-0) by 16l, 6 ran.
Suitor 7-1 (9-7) In touch, headway under pressure over 2f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 6l behind Auxiliary (9-3) at Wetherby 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Jun.
Up Ten Down Two (IRE) 9-4fav (9-8) Tracked leader to over 7f out, in touch, led 2f out, driven clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Mazaaher (9-10) by 3 3/4l, 12 ran.
Melabi (IRE) 3-1jfav (9-10) Dwelt in rear, pushed along 3f out, never near leaders, 6th of 8, 13 1/4l behind The Major (9-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Jun.
Lopito de Vega (IRE) 11-2jfav (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Auxiliary (9-3) at Wetherby 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Jun.
Albert Boy (IRE) 11-10fav (9-7) Reared start and lost 6 lengths, recovered after 1f, in touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway and switched right approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, no threat to winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Askari (9-11) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp (6) gs in Jun.
Inspector Norse 40-1 (10-0) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 17, 12 1/4l behind Hardington (10-9) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked winner until pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 17 1/4l behind Amy Blair (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp (6) gd in Jun.
Danzella 33-1 (8-2) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 7l behind Tonto's Spirit (8-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp (6) gs in Jun.