Maroc was winning for the first time in 23 outings on the Flat when scoring at Lingfield and steps up in trip. Brancaster has been raised 7lb for winning an amateur's race over course and distance while Crimson Skies went close in a maiden race here last time and can figure. But FLOOD DEFENCE won in soft going last year and was beaten less than a length at Hamilton on her latest start. Iain Jardine’s filly is now back on a winning mark and can get her head back in front today.
Maroc 7-2 (9-11) Made all, ridden 3f out, pressed from over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) sft in Aug beating Zoffany Bay (9-13) by hd, 8 ran.
Brancaster (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (5) gs in Sep beating Careyanne (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Flood Defence (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Alabanza (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp (5) sft in Sep.
Eden Rose 11-4 (9-1) Soon led, pushed clear over 6f out, headed over 2f out, weakened, 4th of 6, 13 3/4l behind Groveman (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp (5) fm in Jul.
Bluff Crag 20-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 9, 10 3/4l behind Dark Pearl (9-10) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Crimson Skies (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, went clear with one other 6f out, ridden when pressed over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to regain lead briefly inside final 50 yards, just held, 2nd of 9, shd behind Magical Sight (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gs in Sep.
Fisher Green (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Mid-division, good headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders and edged left under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 3l behind Albert Boy (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Famous Dynasty (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, outpaced final furlong, 7th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Moving Forward (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Nafaayes (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 8f out, led over 3f out, joined and ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6 1/2l behind Pepper Street (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Place Des Vosges (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Led until over 3f out, hung left and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 30 3/4l behind Pepper Street (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Reactive 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 9 1/4l behind So Near So Farhh (8-3) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Sep.
Toronto Sound 20-1 (9-4) Keen towards rear, beaten over 3f out, tailed off over 2f out, eased, 10th of 11, dist behind So Near So Farhh (8-3) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Sep.
Muraaqeb 66-1 (8-12) Led 2f, tracked leader until ridden 3f out, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Daily Trader (9-8) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp (6) gd in Sep.