Carlovian won last year’s renewal and recent form, that includes a win at Ayr, suggests he’ll make another bold bid. Emily Goldfinch won nicely at Yarmouth a week ago but an earlier poor effort in one of these events doesn’t boost confidence while Arcanista has been thereabouts over 6f recently and is preferred to stablemate Foie Gras. Space War slips further down the weights but CHAMPAGNE BOB escapes a penalty for winning an apprentice’s race at Newbury last week and he gets the vote having also won an amateurs’ race over track and trip last season.
Emily Goldfinch 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway and switched left 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Chetan (9-11) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Foie Gras 6-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 9 1/2l behind Hawatif (9-2) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (5) pol in May.
Champagne Bob 17-2 (9-1) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newbury 7f hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Dream Catching (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Arcanista (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) In touch, headway 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, soon joined, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Deeds Not Words (9-7) at Yarmouth 6f hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Legendoire (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 9th of 13, 12 1/4l behind Zambezi Queen (9-2) at Chepstow 6f hcp (6) gf in May.
Carlovian 4-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Coviglia (9-12) at Ayr 7f hcp (6) gd in Jun.
Big Amigo (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway far side of group chasing leaders under pressure inside final 2f, no extra towards finish, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Agent Of Fortune (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Gaelic Wizard (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 16, 6 1/2l behind Ad Vitam (8-11) at Thirsk 6f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Great Colaci 15-2 (11-1) Led 1st, not fluent 3 out, headed after 2 out, no impression on winner flat, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Strong Team (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Space War 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division on inside, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 15, 4 3/4l behind Munthany (9-5) at Wetherby 7f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Poppy May (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 14, 6 1/4l behind Be Bold (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp (6) gs in Apr.
Iconic Figure (IRE) 28-1 (8-9) Dwelt keen led after 1f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 13 1/4l behind Mecca's Spirit (8-11) at Ayr 7f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Luduamf (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 8 1/2l behind Touch The Clouds (9-0) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.