NEW LEYF arrives in fine form and has obvious claims. Beaten only a short-head at Wolverhampton last time, he had earlier beaten Light From Mars and Corporal Maddox over 6f here and has won over track and trip before. Nortron also stays today's trip and is preferred to the returning Chelwood Gate, who has not raced since April. A maiden winner at Thirsk, Foreign Diplomat has struggled in handicaps so far and the selection's stablemate Fire And Passion is less exposed.
Chelwood Gate (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3l behind Mutawathea (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Ganymede 14-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, never travelled in rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 8 1/4l behind Liberty Jack (9-4) at Epsom 7f hcp (4) gs in Sep.
Nortron (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Chased leader until halfway, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd again and edged left inside final furlong, no impression on winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 3 1/4l behind Heartsong (8-12) at Chepstow 6f hcp (4) sft in Aug.
New Leyf (IRE) 5-1fav (9-6) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, every chance when carried head high inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, shd behind Meandmyshadow (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Light From Mars 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind New Leyf (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Mystical Sapphire 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6 1/4l behind Voyageofdiscovery (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Corporal Maddox 16-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 2 1/4l behind New Leyf (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Fire And Passion 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Scottish Glen (9-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Foreign Diplomat 5-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Shootingsta (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Good Luck Charm 9-1 (9-7) Steaded start, held up last, went to race alone near side in straight, behind and no chance final furlong, 11th of 14, 20 1/4l behind Winning Hunter (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Angelito 33-1 (9-1) Outpaced, last of 15, 26 1/4l behind Deeds Not Words (9-0) at Windsor 6f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Embankment 16-1 (8-7) Very slowly away, detatched in rear, headway over 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 12, 6l behind Ifwecan (9-7) at Goodwood 1m hcp (4) gs in Oct.