A wide-open seller gets proceedings underway and as usual in these events the market will be very informative but the principals look to be Moratorium, Perfect Storm and Temper Lad and the narrow vote is given to Moratorium. The selection was a fair seventh behind Debest in a better race last time out. This represents a big drop in class and off a fair weight and under conditions that suit he looks the one to be on. Perfect Storm rates the main danger on his best form. He is another dropping in grade but he has looked a non stayer in the past and is taken on with this in mind. Temper Lad is another that could go well as he beat Ghaill Force last time. He escapes a penalty for that win and he could go well at a price. Grave Doubts looks a shadow of his former self, while Red Opera has only had two runs so could improve especially in a first time visor but in a race where stakes should be kept to a minimum, for the winner we return to Moratorium who has plenty of ticks in the right boxes.
Kaparolo (USA) 20-1 (10-2) Led to 3rd, led 4th until before 5th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Jam Packed (11-10) at Towcester 2m amt hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct, 18 ran.
Temper Lad (USA) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 5th, pressed leaders and hit 3 out, kept on gamely to lead final strides, won at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct beating Ghaill Force (10-6) by a nk, 13 ran.
Endless Night 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division until blundered and unseated rider at the 3rd in race won by Chunky Lad (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (4) gf, 14 ran.
Errol 14-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, soon ridden, kept on, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Only Words (10-10) at Wetherby 2m ldy hcp hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Fortune Point (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Always behind, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Le Corvee (11-1) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (4) gf in Sept.
Goldsmeadow 28-1 (10-13) Held up, mainly towards rear, 10th of 14, 35l behind Forzacurity (11-9) at Fakenham 2m cnd sll hcp hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Grave Doubts 6-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, lost place 7th, renewed effort before 3 out, weakening when blundered 2 out, 11th of 15, well behind Ballybeg Glen (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f sll hdl (5) gf in Oct.
Grey Shark (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Prominent, mistake 3rd, blundered and unseated rider at the 4th in race won by Truly Fruitful (11-2) at Stratford 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gf in Oct, 13 ran.
Impero 100-1 (11-0) With leader until after 7th, soon lost place, behind from next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 39l behind City Breeze (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (3) gf.
Kingscourt Lad (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Raced in 4th, went 2nd 8th, hit 9th, under pressure 3 out, lost 2nd when bumped 2 out, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Snargate (10-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Littleton Aldor (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Led, headed 4th, soon struggling, 12th of 20, well behind Mexican Bob (11-0) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Monroe Gold 16-1 (10-12) Held up, hampered 1st, never dangerous, 8th of 15, 19l behind Pips Assertive Way (10-5) at Stratford 2m sll hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Moratorium (USA) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, 8th and effort approaching 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 12, 19l behind Dbest (10-13) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 0-130 gf in Jun '06.
Musical Mayhem (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, weakened 3 out, tired when unseated rider at the last in race won by Dusty Bandit (11-4) at Exeter 2m 6f amt hcp hdl 0-105 (E) gs in Feb '05, 17 ran.
Neckar Valley (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up, effort 8th, held and one pace when mistake last, 5th of 11, 38l behind Roaringwater (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 7f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Perfect Storm 10-1 (11-9) Led until headed soon after 3 out, weakened quickly 2 out, 13th of 15, 45l behind Strawberry (11-3) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (3) sft in Mar.
Red Opera 9-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 6th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Chunky Lad (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (4) gf.
Red Sun 6-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, jumped right 2nd, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Little Jimbob (11-9) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.