EMERALD ROCKET will likely never get a better chance to shed his maiden tag. Second in four of his five starts over timber and third in the other, Olly Murphy’s gelding is fairly consistent and reunited today with Richard Johnson. Caswell Bay displayed promise in his first two starts last season but his form tailed off when tried in handicaps. Irska looks modest and it’s even harder to make a case for any of the others.
Irska (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, weakened after 4 out, 7th of 12, 33 1/4l behind Youracert (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Top Beak (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Towards rear, wide and headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Contingency Fee (9-6) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Caswell Bay 11-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 12 1/4l behind Darlyn (11-3) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Emerald Rocket (IRE) 7-4 (10-10) Chased winner, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and hung left before last, unable to get on terms, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Yccs Portocervo (11-1) at Stratford 2m 3f (4) gs in Aug.
Onboard 33-1 (10-10) Off the pace in 6th, plugged on in remote 4th approaching 3 out, 4th of 8, dist behind Simply Loveleh (10-11) at Stratford 2m (4) gd in Jul.
Cuddle Up 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, 5th and struggling after 3 out, 10th of 12, dist behind Pacify (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f (4) gs in Aug.
Goodgollymissjolly (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) In rear, behind from 3rd, went very remote 3rd latter stages, 3rd of 6, dist behind Clearance (11-0) at Stratford 2m (5) gs in Aug.
Vinnie's Icon (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, well beaten from 5th, 5th of 7, 25 1/4l behind Cardy (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn (5) gs in Jul.