With a handicap mark of 80, connections of Legal Waves could be forgiven for thinking this should be something of a formality. But he's come up against the Irish raider DOLCE N KARAMA, rated 93. The latter has yet to match his fourth in last year's Racing Post Trophy but should still be good enough in this company. The remainder look up against it unless one of the newcomers proves well above average though there is nothing in their breeding to suggest they are.
Joyful Star Teofilo gelding out of Extreme Beauty.
Legal Waves (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Keen in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, pressing leaders when rider dropped whip approaching final furlong, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Epic Battle (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Teide Mistress (USA) 18-1 (10-2) In rear, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 47l behind Red Lion Rock (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f 3yo NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Braes Of Lochalsh Tiger Hill gelding out of Gargoyle Girl.
Dolce N Karama (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Raced in 3rd, ridden to challenge 2f out, no impression from 1f out and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Ponfeigh (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo mdn gd in Jun.
Earl Of Menteith (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased winner, pushed along over 2f out, lost 2nd inside final 2f, stayed on same pace in 3rd after, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Brown Sugar (9-5) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun '13.