Brandon Castle ran a cracker from the front here earlier in the month and finished just over a length ahead of Siannes Star with Valentino Dancer last of the nine finishers. But the latter will improve for the run and Neil King’s trail-blazer has a big weight to carry. Normal Norman has a lot to prove at present while Fubar is still seeking a first victory. LUCKY ICON won at the Galway Festival at this time last year and has finally started to slip down the handicap after three runs for Philip Kirby so could be a bit of value ahead of stablemate Lord Roccoco and Illustrissime.
Brandon Castle 11-2 (10-11) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed before 2 out, kept on flat, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Red Force One (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Siannes Star (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, took keen hold, steadied before 2nd, not fluent 3 out, effort final bend, mistake 2 out, no impression after, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Red Force One (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Valentino Dancer 15-2 (10-12) Chased leaders on inside, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 10, 20 3/4l behind Red Force One (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Lucky Icon (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Close up, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 27l behind Snookered (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Gelboe De Chanay (FR) 33-1 (11-3) Held up behind, ridden after 2 out, kept on approaching last, never nearer, 5th of 11, 9 3/4l behind Miah Grace (11-10) at Doncaster 2m 1f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Normal Norman 3-1 (9-6) Soon tracking leader, ridden over 2f out, no impression in last from over 1f out, last of 4, 5 3/4l behind Lucky's Dream (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Ferrobin (IRE) 11-10fav (11-9) Badly hampered and unseated rider 1st, at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Ayr Of Elegance 7-1 (11-5) In rear, slight mistake 1st, pushed along in 8th before 3 out, no impression when slightly hampered by faller 2 out, no extra, 7th of 11, 24 1/2l behind Stylish Moment (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 3f Yielding in Oct.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 18-1 (10-10) Refused to race and took no part, at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Illustrissime (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, shaken up and no progress final 3f, 9th of 10, 14 3/4l behind Rhythmic Intent (9-7) at York 1m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Fubar (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Led until slow 1st, tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, hung right before not fluent last, led flat, headed towards finish, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Gavrocheka (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Lord Roccoco (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Keen tracked leader, pushed along 3 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 6, dist behind Ladronne (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.