PUCON scored over track and trip earlier this year, with Ask The Guru back in fourth, and has been thereabouts of late. He can reverse latest running at Goodwood on better terms with the winner Dishy Guru and gets the nod. The latter is 7lb higher than his Goodwood win and Seamster is 10lb higher than when winning at Laytown in September. Rebecca Romero and Hamoody are both on winning marks if back to their best.
Seamster 3-1fav (10-9) Soon close up, led after 2f, ridden to assert from under 2f out, soon clear, stayed on well inside final furlong,, won at Laytown 6f hcp 50-70 in Sep beating Doonard Prince (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ask The Guru 7-1 (9-3) Chased leader until ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 7l behind Flying Bear (9-2) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Rebecca Romero 7-1 (9-4) Tried to anticipate start and slowly away, off the pace in last pair, pushed along on outside halfway, plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 6th of 9, 5l behind Brother Tiger (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Hamoody (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked winner 1f, close up, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Fitz Flyer (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6).
Pucon 8-1 (9-4) Awkwardly away, soon prominent, led halfway, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dishy Guru (8-12) at Goodwood 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Shamahan 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 14, 10l behind Good Luck Charm (9-1) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Dishy Guru 6-1 (8-10) Half-reared start, started very slowly and lost all chance, last of 13, 17l behind Royal Bajan (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Royal Acquisition 40-1 (8-13) Headway to lead over 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 11, 2l behind Eternitys Gate (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4).
Maria Montez 22-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Autumns Blush (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5).
National Service (USA) 3-1fav (9-4) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 13, 7l behind Thataboy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) in Sep.