prominent on stands rail, ridden and ran on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner
chased leaders, ridden 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led entering final furlong, soon clear, ran on well
chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out
led in centre, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra
outpaced and always towards rear
chased leaders, no extra inside final furlong
outpaced and always rear
chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong
outpaced and always towards rear
chased leader until ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
outpaced towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, never going pace to reach leaders
raced on stands rail, off the pace towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish
slowly into stride, behind, some late headway, never involved
in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after
War Spirit is back in the right grade after his winning run came to an end at Goodwood. Mutafaakir won over track and trip last month but is 6lb higher while Pea Shooter has gone up another 2lb after coming up short at Ayr. Stablemate Imperial Legend finished ahead of him in that race, reversing earlier form at Doncaster, and looks Dandy Nicholls' best hope today though he has ground to make up on Red Baron. Eric Alston also has SIGNORE PICCOLO in the line-up and it's the three-year-old who gets the vote. He beat Skye's The Limit and Scarborough over course and distance on soft ground in the spring when trained by Tony Coyle and can reverse subsequent Haydock form with War Spirit on 7lb better terms. Conditions should suit old Cheveton while Clubland likes it here so they may be best of the rest.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Made virtually all, soon switched to race against stands rail, driven over 1f out, stayed on well, clear towards finish, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Monumental Man (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Megaleka 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 18th of 20, 9l behind Noble Asset (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Red Baron (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Made all far side and clear of that group, held by stands side leaders towards finish, 3rd of 20, 1 1/2l behind Noble Asset (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Come On Dave (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) With leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, soon lost place, no extra, 8th of 16, 6l behind Apricot Sky (9-3) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
War Spirit 7-2 (8-13) Steadied start, held up tracking leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened soon after, 8th of 11, 6l behind Online Alexander (9-1) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Scarborough (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind By Rights (8-2) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Keep It Dark 20-1 (8-11) Led narrowly, headed 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened final 100 yards, 11th of 17, 6l behind Chilworth Icon (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Signore Piccolo 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Captain Myles (9-1) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Shady Mccoy (USA) 5-2fav (9-7) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 39l behind Khelman (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Even Stevens 11-1 (9-5) Disputed lead until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 19th of 20, 8l behind Expose (8-8) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Kenny The Captain (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Raced far side, in touch, weakened 2f out, 14th of 16, 7l behind Meadway (9-5) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Skye's The Limit 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 10th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Noble Asset (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Cheveton 33-1 (8-1) Reared start, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 7l behind Forest Edge (9-4) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Clubland (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, hd behind Dominium (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) in Sep.
Pea Shooter 7-1 (8-13) Chased clear leader far side group, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 11th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Noble Asset (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Imperial Legend (IRE) 11-2fav (9-2) Tracked leaders stands side, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Noble Asset (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Cheworee 9-1 (9-7) In touch, driven over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 7l behind Apricot Sky (9-3) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.