always behind, beaten 3 out, tailed off
held up in mid-division, lost place before 3rd, mistake 4 out, soon beaten, behind, when pulled up before 2 out
made all, not fluent 2nd, ridden clear after 2 out, ran on well
chased leaders, driven to challenge 2 out, kept on under pressure closing stages
tracked leader, mistake 2nd, under pressure approaching 2 out, soon weakened
chased leaders, outpaced after 3 out, rallied next, weakened flat
always in rear, pulled up before 3 out
mid-division, headway after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off
mid-division, weakened after 3 out, tailed off
mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on after next, mistake last, no extra flat
tracked leader, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace
mid-division, headway 2 out, chased leaders last, stayed on well after last, nearest finish
mid-division, effort after 2 out, no impression
Highly competitive as evinced by eight last-time winners clashing in a contest which will be run at a furious pace. This sharp track may prove too demanding for L'inganno Felice but FAIR MOUNTAIN has hacked up the last twice and will prove well suited by conditions. This does represent a major rise in grade for the Skelton inmate, but he looks progressive and is the choice of Harry Skelton over stable companion, Mister Universum, who cannot be ruled out either. The Newland team always prepare a few for this meeting and Hassle and Artful Artist represent them here. The latter is preferred of the pair whilst four-year-olds, Cubswin and Je Suis Charlie, cannot be ruled out off such light weights.
Court Minstrel (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Keen, always behind, never a factor, 11th of 12, dist behind Champagne City (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
All Set To Go (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) In touch main group, close up 5th, driven and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, dist behind Leapaway (10-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
L'Inganno Felice (FR) 4-9fav (11-12) Led, went right at 3rd, mistake 3 out, joined next, ridden and headed between last 2, stayed on to regain narrow lead flat, all out, won at Uttoxeter 2m (4) gd in Jun beating Movie Set (11-6) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Fair Mountain (GER) 10-3fav (11-4) Raced keenly, tracked leader, mistake 2 out, led before last, soon clear, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m (4) gd in Jul beating Ofcourseiwill (11-4) by 7l, 5 ran.
Hassle (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 19, 6 1/4l behind Lagostovegas (9-3) at Ascot 2m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.
Mister Universum (GER) 11-2 (10-6) Chased leaders, led 2 out, jumped right last, ran on well flat, won at Warwick 2m hcp (2) gd in May beating Mystic Sky (10-4) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Peruvien Bleu (FR) 4-1 (12-2) Held up towards rear, some headway after 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 6th of 12, 20 3/4l behind Romanor (10-10) at Stratford 2m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Mystic Sky 6-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway 2 out, chased winner turning into straight, soon ridden, upsides and every chance last, one pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1l behind All Set To Go (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Artful Artist (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) In touch hampered 1st, headway 5th, joined leader 3 out, led before next, clear approaching last, ran on, won at Southwell 2m mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Railroad Junkie (11-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
Ocean Jive 2-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, steadied 3rd, not fluent next, closed 5th, went 2nd after 3 out, mistake 2 out and last, no impression on winner, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Symphony Of Angels (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Captain Felix 6-1 (12-0) Led, headed 4th, regained lead before 2 out, kept on, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Jul beating Collodi (11-6) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Cubswin (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) In touch, headway 5th, led soon after 3 out, clear approaching last, ran on, won at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun beating David's Phoebe (11-11) by 5l, 9 ran.
Je Suis Charlie 11-10fav (10-9) Chased leaders, led 2 out, quickened clear flat, readily, won at Southwell 2m mdn (4) gd in Jun beating Ezanak (10-12) by 6l, 7 ran.