Ben Curtis could afford to ease down KAPONO in the closing stages over course and distance last week and still win by over three lengths. The latter carries 5lb extra but is due to be raised a further 4lb after this and can go in again. Global Warning has been thereabouts here of late and is fitted with a visor today while Queen's Course placed over track and trip in September. End Zone has been running well over 6f and Defence Treaty went close at Yarmouth last time while With Promise finished second over a mile here a fortnight ago.
First Response 14-1 (9-10) Raced keenly, mid-division, headway 3f out, going well still and switched right over 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Ulshaw Bridge (9-11) at Newcastle 1m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Kapono 11-8fav (9-13) In touch, headway to lead over 2f out, ridden clear entering final furlong, eased close home, won at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Oct beating Tommy G (9-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Global Warning 2-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Don't Tell Claire (9-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
End Zone 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, disputing 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Lezardrieux (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Proud Archi (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, driven and struggling over 2f out, 16th of 18, 21 3/4l behind Global Spirit (9-10) at York 7f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Dance Teacher (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Led far side trio, weakened 2f out, tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Glenn Coco (9-9) at Newmarket 7f hcp (4) gf in May.
Defence Treaty (IRE) 4-1cfav (9-12) Towards rear, headway 3f out, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind True Belief (9-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Queen's Course (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, close up over 2f out, led just over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, outpaced by winner, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Serenading (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp fll (5) pol in Sep.
Indian Viceroy 40-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, came centre in home straight, pushed along over 2f out, weakened soon after, 11th of 12, 18 1/4l behind Dandy's Angel (8-10) at Catterick 7f hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Good Night Mr Tom (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, well beaten final 2f, last of 9, 12 1/4l behind Don't Tell Claire (9-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
With Promise 15-2 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, edged left, no impression on winner well inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Traveller (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Insurplus (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on final 100 yards, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Don't Tell Claire (9-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Dandy's Angel (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 10th of 13, 12 1/2l behind Flying Moon (8-12) at Hamilton 1m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Dramatista (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Off the pace in 6th, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Newscaster (9-0) at Catterick 6f stks (5) gd in Jul.