A very open-looking handicap but Neil Mulholland’s stable has been firing in the winners and he’ll be expecting Southwell winner Harbour Force to go close again under a penalty. Evita Du Mesnil has decent claims and Symphony Hall is starting took well treated but Shantou Sunset continues to disappoint. CYBALKO is a long-standing maiden but wasn’t beaten far at Southwell on his reappearance and he’s dropped to a mark from which he should be capable of winning.
Harbour Force (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leaders on outside, led 2 out, clear flat, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jul beating Chosen Flame (10-13) by 3 3/4l, 9 ran.
Symphony Hall (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Never nearer than mid-division, towards rear and struggling 5th, tailed off, 13th of 14, dist behind Shishkin (10-12) at Newbury 2m (4) hvy in Jan.
Evita Du Mesnil (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, dist behind Chill In The Wood (11-4) at Stratford 3m 2f hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Master Newton (IRE) 28-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, blundered 5th, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 11, dist behind Pola Chance (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Jan.
Shantou Sunset 11-2 (11-5) Held up in touch on inside, stumbled approaching 2nd, pushed along after 6th, weakened and mistake 3 out, tailed off and moving poorly when pulled up before 2 out, at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Caviciana 66-1 (10-5) Mistake 1st, pulled hard in rear, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, dist behind Southern Sam (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f (4) gd in May.
Cybalko (FR) 15-2 (11-3) Chased leader and clear of field, led 4th, headed before 2 out, chased leaders, plugging on when mistake last, 4th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Bartholomew J (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Percy Thrower (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders on outside, weakened after 3 out, no chance when badly hampered 2 out, 6th of 10, 31 1/4l behind Saintbury Lady (10-11) at Southwell 2m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Gris De Pron (FR) 6-1 (10-10) Held up, closer at 5th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 29l behind Follow Your Fire (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Akkapenko (FR) 40-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, plugged on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 10 1/4l behind Repetitio (9-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Fancy A Dance (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Towards rear most of way, 11th of 14, dist behind Shishkin (10-12) at Newbury 2m (4) hvy in Jan.