tracked leader, pushed along to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on
close up, effort 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong
steadied start, tracked leaders, switched right over 1f out, shaken up to lead on bit inside final furlong, pushed out (hand time)
led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
close up in rear, pushed along over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous
TARBOOSH (NAP) looks to have plenty in his favour. Representing last year’s winning yard, he finished ahead of Copper Knight when beaten only a nose at Leicester last week and had Kyllang Rock back in third when landing a conditions race in soft ground at Beverley before that. Paul Midgley’s sprinter looks the one to beat given he has a bit to spare with Merhoob on today’s terms and Broken Spear has little chance at the weights.
Copper Knight (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along and headed entering final furlong, no extra, last of 3, 2l behind Archer's Dream (9-0) at Leicester 5f hcp (2) hvy in Oct.
Merhoob (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Held up behind far side, ridden and and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 11th of 24, 3 1/4l behind Angel Alexander (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Tarboosh 4-6fav (9-3) Steadied start, keen tracked leaders, headway to lead narrowly entering final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 3, shd behind Archer's Dream (9-0) at Leicester 5f hcp (2) hvy in Oct.
Broken Spear 25-1 (9-3) Outpaced in last trio, headway near side of group over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 22, 6 1/2l behind Moss Gill (9-6) at York 5f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Kyllang Rock (IRE) 15-8 (9-3) Raced keenly, chased leader 2f, chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 3/4l behind Tarboosh (9-0) at Beverley 5f stks (2) sft in Sep.
Soldier's Minute 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 7th of 22, 4l behind Gulliver (9-5) at York 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.