There is little between the progressive pair Ennistown and CAIUS MARCIUS on these terms. But today’s distance could be the deciding factor given the former has been winning over longer trips including over 2m5f here last week. The should give the edge to Nicky Richards’ charge who has won two of his last three outings over today’s trip and made all for a wide-margin win at Hexham last time. Al Shahir has it all to do on these terms despite receiving weight and Capital Force has a preferred engagement at Stratford today.
Caius Marcius (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Made all, clear from 2 out, reminder before mistake last, unchallenged, won at Hexham 2m (4) gd in Jun beating Nietzsche (11-4) by 12l, 4 ran.
Ennistown 11-8 (11-3) Chased leader, shaken up to lead last, pushed clear flat, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f (3) gf in Jul beating Pingshou (11-3) by 7l, 3 ran.
Al Shahir (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Chased leaders, not fluent 6th, pushed along before 4 out, chased winner 3 out, blundered 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 15l behind Asockastar (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Capital Force (IRE) 2-1 (11-11) Held up in last, raced keenly, effort 2 out, no impression, weakened before last, last of 4, 15 3/4l behind Ashoka (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp (3) gs in Jun.