restless in gates, slowly away, towards rear, not clear run and switched left 2f out, some headway inside final furlong, never a threat
always towards rear
mid-division, smooth headway on outside chasing leaders halfway, led over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ridden and ran on
chased leaders, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on in 3rd towards finish
slowly into stride, last pair, never involved
mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders when not clear run on rail 2f out, switched left and kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards
soon chasing leader on rail, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, chased winner, held when lost 2nd final 100 yards, no extra
slowly into stride, off the pace in last pair on rail, headway and hung right from over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never a threat
chased leaders, pushed along halfway, outpaced over 1f out, no threat after
chased leaders on outside and keen, went 2nd halfway until ridden well over 1f out, weakened final furlong
led 2f, lost 2nd halfway, weakened rapidly
Kasbah was only beaten a short-head at Bath on Saturday but always seems to find at least one too good, though is better drawn than Saaheq. The latter made a winning reappearance at Doncaster last week after more than a year off on his first run for Mick Appleby and could make a mockery of his penalty but will need luck in-running. THREE LITTLE BIRDS was winning for the first time on Turf at Bath earlier this month but has only been raised and Jason Watson’s claim takes care of that. Porto Ferro was elevated to a career-high mark after winning at Windsor and couldn’t cope at Goodwood and there’s no reason he’ll fare any better here. Operative was only sixth when favourite here last week but is looking well treated nowadays.
Kasbah (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Nibras Again (8-13) at Bath 5f hcp (4) fm in Sep.
Porto Ferro (IRE) 5-2jfav (9-3) Keen in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and soon every chance, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Curious Fox (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp fll (4) gd in Sep.
Saaheq 7-2jfav (8-7) Close up, headway under stand side rail 2f out, soon chased leader, led inside final furlong, pushed out, eased close home, won at Doncaster 5f hcp (4) gs in Sep beating Pea Shooter (8-7) by 1l, 12 ran.
Three Little Birds 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on strongly closing stages, led post, won at Bath 5f hcp (5) fm in Sep beating Glamorous Rocket (9-7) by ns, 6 ran.
Misty Spirit 16-1 (8-8) Raced keenly, pressed leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 14 1/4l behind Magical Dreamer (9-12) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp fll (3) pol in Aug.
Vimy Ridge 9-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, some headway on outside 2f out, rider dropped whip over 1f out, well held final furlong, 5th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Tylery Wonder (9-11) at Windsor 5f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Belledesert 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 7, 7 1/2l behind Curious Fox (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp fll (4) gd in Sep.
Operative 3-1fav (9-4) Steadied start, held up in rear, hanging right from over 1f out, rider trying to switched left when slightly hampered inside final furlong, ran on late, 6th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Gnaad (9-5) at Sandown 5f hcp (5) gs in Sep.
Storm Melody 16-1 (9-8) Behind, headway under pressure inside final 2f, never pace to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 5 1/2l behind Roys Dream (9-6) at Leicester 6f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Roundabout Magic (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 2nd over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Firenze Rosa (8-7) at Goodwood 5f hcp (5) hvy in Aug.
Jonnysimpson (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) In touch, under pressure 2f out, never on terms, last of 7, 5 1/2l behind Three Little Birds (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (5) pol in Aug.