Fattsota went very close to following up his C&D victory when caught on the line at Doncaster last month. He's up another 3lb for that defeat and Tropical Beat is now 12lb higher than his earlier win at Kempton after narrowly losing out at Haydock last time. Royal Peculiar was beaten less than length at York back in May and has his first outing since but Silver Lime finished a creditable third in similar company over track and trip last month and makes more appeal than Henry Clay. Being the first foal of the brilliant Ouija Board, VOODOO PRINCE has suffered a little by comparison but he's a decent handicapper on his day and could prove even better attempting 1m4f for the first time. Ed Dunlop's charge gets the vote to come out best in this.
Fattsota 4-1 (9-10) Tracked leader until 7f out, regained 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Viking Storm (9-9) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Tropical Beat 5-1 (9-4) Held up behind, driven and headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind Sir Graham Wade (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) fm in Sep.
Mulaqen 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced when switched left and ridden 2f out, never able to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 11l behind Camborne (9-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Voodoo Prince 8-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along over 4f out, headway to chase leading pair over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Primevere (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Royal Peculiar 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, every chance entering final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind Franciscan (9-6) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Hanoverian Baron 25-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, last of 12, 5l behind Sir Graham Wade (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Silver Lime (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 19, 1 1/4l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf in Sep.
Martin Chuzzlewit (IRE) 11-4fav (8-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Viking Storm (9-9) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Henry Clay 2-1fav (8-11) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, no extra, 7th of 8, 7l behind Position (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Party Line 9-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Lady Kashaan (8-1) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Sep.