Fastar remains 4lb higher than when landing last year’s renewal on heavy ground. Tadaawol escapes a penalty for winning an apprentices’ race over 7f at Redcar recently but Fondest is preferred having raced twice over course and distance and winning on both occasions. But she’s been raised 8lb for her latest success and a chance is taken on MARKAZI. The latter won seven of 16 starts when trained in France including on soft going and with last month’s fourth here under his belt, David O’Meara’s new charge gets the vote.
Markazi (FR) 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, kept on same pace approaching final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Alemaratalyoum (9-0) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Custom Cut (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up in 6th place, modest 5th and no impression final 2f, dropped to 6th close home, 6th of 9, 11 1/4l behind Majboor (9-2) at Sandown 1m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Leader Writer (FR) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 7 3/4l behind Humbert (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp (2) pol in Jun.
King's Pavilion (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 7th of 19, 5 3/4l behind Francis Xavier (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Fastar (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside chasing leaders over 2f out, went close 3rd over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Majboor (9-2) at Sandown 1m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Fondest 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, readily, won at Haydock 1m hcp (4) gs in Sep beating Moxy Mares (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Crownthorpe 4-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, no impression, last of 4, 9l behind Knighted (8-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Storm Ahead (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) In touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 20 1/2l behind Intense Style (11-3) at Chester 1m hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Tadaawol 7-2fav (9-4) Made most, pushed clear over 1f out, ridden out final furlong, very easily, won at Redcar 7f hcp (4) gf in Sep beating Equitant (9-4) by 6l, 10 ran.
Shaiyem (IRE) (9-4) last of 7, 7l behind Pharmaceutical (9-1) at Markopoulou 6f hcp pol in Oct.
Mickey (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Keen early, led, headed 6f out, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Dark Intention (9-2) at Chester 1m hcp (3) sft in Sep.