Several with decent claims in the opener but CLAN ROYALE had a subsequent winner back in third when scoring over track and trip last month and there should be more to come now handicapping. Romantic Vision is another handicap debutant bidding for a hat-trick after landing a double at Catterick while Stone Soldier has won both starts in handicaps having scored in soft going at Chester recently with Pop Dancer behind. Singe Anglais landed a lower grade contest at Carlisle while Reassure and Ainsdale are others worthy of a second glance.
Pop Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Off the pace in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 8 1/2l behind Stone Soldier (8-11) at Chester 6f Grp 3 (2) sft in Sep.
Clan Royale 7-2 (9-4) Made all, hung left under pressure over 1f out, strongly challenged throughout final furlong, held on well, won at York 5f stks (3) gd in Sep beating Unifier (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Stone Soldier 7-1 (8-11) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on, unchallenged, won at Chester 6f Grp 3 (2) sft in Sep beating Keep Busy (8-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Romantic Vision (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Went left start, made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Catterick 6f stks (5) gf in Sep beating Great Image (9-2) by 2l, 9 ran.
Dazzling Des (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, just held near finish, 3rd of 5, 1/2l behind Audio (9-1) at Chelmsford City 5f (4) pol in Sep.
Vardon Flyer 33-1 (8-7) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 20, 7 1/2l behind Owney Madden (8-8) at York 6f (2) gd in Aug.
Reassure 11-4jfav (9-4) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Magical Journey (8-11) at Beverley 5f stks (5) gf in Sep.
Music Therapist (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Newyorkstateofmind (8-13) at Kempton 5f (5) pol in Oct.
Vintage Times 66-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, never troubled leaders, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 17, 6 1/4l behind Summer Sands (8-3) at Redcar 6f lst (1) hvy in Oct.
Ainsdale 11-2 (8-8) Chased leaders, driven 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Praxeology (9-7) at Chester 5f (3) gd in Sep.
What A Business (IRE) 9-2jfav (8-13) Prominent, effort 2f out, edged left, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, well held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/4l behind Danny Ocean (8-7) at Nottingham 6f (3) hvy in Oct.
Coastal Mist (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Raced near side group, disputed lead in his group, headed over 2f out, no extra and one pace from over 1f out, 10th of 26, 6 1/4l behind Stone Circle (9-5) at Curragh 6f stks gd in Sep.
Cruising 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 8l behind Amaysmont (9-5) at Carlisle 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.
Singe Anglais (IRE) 5-1cfav (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Carlisle 6f (5) gs in Sep beating Magic Timing (9-2) by shd, 12 ran.
Aryaaf (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along 3f out, never going pace to challenge, behind final furlong, 9th of 10, 8 1/4l behind Stone Soldier (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f (5) pol in Sep.