RETRO VALLEY and Robben finished 1-2 here last month with Londonia a well-beaten third. Six lengths separated the first two and David Dennis' charge can confirm the form, despite the worse terms. Arabian Oasis, who won on the all-weather, is the potential fly in the ointment given his yard's form, though he needs to rediscover his enthusiasm. The other newcomers are best watched on this occasion.
Retro Valley (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went left at times, pecked 2nd, went 2nd before 4th, led approaching 2 out, mistake at hurdle, ran on well to assert flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Jul beating Robben (10-12) by 6l, 4 ran.
Arabian Oasis 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, driven forward to lead after 1f, raced keenly, under pressure when hung left and hit rail over 1f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 12 1/4l behind Always Smile (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Boldbob (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Headway to lead after 2f, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 15 1/4l behind Yorkindred Spirit (8-10) at Beverley 2m mdn hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Londonia 10-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, jumped left, led until before 2 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 23l behind Retro Valley (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Jul.
Robben 5-1fav (10-12) In touch in last, not fluent 3rd, headway 3 out, went 2nd before next, faltered crossing path flat and outpaced, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Retro Valley (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Jul.
Wagstaff (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Soon chasing leader on outside, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 3f out, weaqkened quickly well over 2f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off, 13th of 14, dist behind Jersey Jewel (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
La Vien Zen (IRE) 125-1 (8-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 4f out, soon lost place, 10th of 11, dist behind Mythical Moment (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Our Kylie (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 12, dist behind First Sargeant (9-8) at Wetherby 1m 2f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Toboggan's Gift 15-2 (8-2) Took keen hold tracked leader until 10f out, close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 33 1/2l behind Wor Lass (9-6) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (6) gs in Jul.