tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, edged left and ran on
raced wide in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong
tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace
close up, headway over 2f out, pressed leader over 1f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, idled inside final furlong, ran on
led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong
held up, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong
slowly away wide and headway to track leaders over 10f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
in touch, pushed along and weakened 2f out
held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never on terms
keen held up, pushed along over 2f out, some late headway, never a factor
dwelt in rear, pushed along and outpaced 5f out, tailed off
Astronomer easily landed the odds over 1m2f at Dundalk last time but had won a decent handicap over today’s trip in soft ground at Listowel before that. Artarmon also arrives in winning form having notched-up a double over 1m6f and is raised 6lb for his latest success at Musselburgh while Baritone was beaten in handicaps before winning a maiden in testing ground at Pontefract. Ben Vrackie has only won a novices' race so far and was beaten over 2m here recently while the less exposed Rock Eagle has something to prove stepping up in trip. Breath Caught carries 6lb extra after winning at Kempton and is raised in class but BERKSHIRE ROYAL was placed behind a subsequent winner when third over 1m4f in this grade at Ascot last month and Andrew Balding’s charge gets the nod on that form.
Astronomer (IRE) 1-5fav (9-7) Made all, pushed along 2f out, kept on well and drew clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 1m 3f pol in Sep beating Boho (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Ben Vrackie 11-4 (8-7) Led after 1f, ridden and headed entering final 3f, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 9 1/2l behind Nearly Caught (9-6) at Newmarket 2m lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Breath Caught 4-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (3) pol in Sep beating Spanish Archer (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Rock Eagle 6-1 (8-7) Towards rear, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, headway over 1f out, hung right and stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Communique (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Artarmon (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, ran on, won at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp (3) gd in Sep beating Lynwood Gold (9-7) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.
Jack Regan 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged after 2 out, not fluent last, led flat, pushed out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f (2) gd in Sep beating Cracker Factory (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Baritone (IRE) 1-3fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, progress to lead over 2f out, driven clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (3) sft in Sep beating Lady Annalee (9-0) by 8l, 3 ran.
Berkshire Royal 11-2 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 5th, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind First Eleven (9-6) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Sep.
Soto Sizzler 9-2 (8-2) In touch in rear, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Mekong (8-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
El Borracho (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression, ran on, 2nd of 14, 3 3/4l behind Archimento (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Blooriedotcom (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, modest late headway, never nearer, 6th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Daawy (10-4) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) gs in Sep.