CHANCE has been threatening a return to winning ways and was beaten only a neck in a tougher handicap at York last time. He can go one better in this while Modmin is the least exposed having run well at Nottingham on his handicap debut and can also figure. Gin Palace has a shout back down in class after placing at Goodwood while Mascat went close in heavy going at Haydock a fortnight ago and is preferred to Badenscoth over today’s trip. Arigato has won three times over 7f here but Lost In Time hasn’t raced since March.
Chance 5-1fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, challenged and carried left from over 1f out, bumped by winner inside final furlong, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 20, nk behind Ouzo (9-1) at York 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Arigato 11-2 (8-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Vale Of Kent (9-9) at Newmarket 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Badenscoth 9-1 (9-10) Held up in 5th, good headway and switched left to inside over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Lunar Jet (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Mascat 3-1 (9-7) Chased leader, led 3f out, pressed from over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no chance with hard held winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Brentford Hope (9-12) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) hvy in Oct.
Ballard Down (IRE) 28-1 (9-10) Went to post early, started slowly, well in rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 8 3/4l behind Epic Endeavour (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Lost In Time (9-0) 10th of 13, 9 3/4l behind Well Of Wisdom (9-0) at Meydan 1m lst stks gd in Feb.
Modmin (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Led and set steady pace, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, soon headed and no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Turn On The Charm (9-0) at Nottingham 1m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Gin Palace 5-2jfav (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, held by winner final 150 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Hortzadar (9-2) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Dogged 22-1 (8-8) Close up, pushed along and outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on towards finish, 5th of 10, 4l behind Establish (8-11) at Newmarket 1m hcp (2) gd in Jul.