HOOFALONG looks to have leading claims despite his long absence. He made his debut in much better company at York back in May when finding only one too good and Mick Easterby's colt is fancied to make a winning return. Milkwood is improving with every run and has every chance on his third at Pontefract last month but Palladius makes less appeal as he was still beaten five lengths when second over C&D in July. Bernardino will need to step up on his form to date but may well do so while Gold Beau finished a creditable third in a handicap over track and trip last time and should be thereabouts.
Hoofalong 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, smooth headway halfway, switched left over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Lastchancelucas (8-12) at York 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gd in May.
Gold Beau (FR) 22-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on entering final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-4) at Beverley 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Cool And Clear (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 10l behind Pipers Note (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) fm.
Haarmonic Haafhd gelding out of Abundant.
Bernardino 11-2 (8-9) With leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Elle Rebelle (8-4) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Jun.
Millkwood 40-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Time And Place (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Modern Lady 3-1 (8-8) Held up in touch and keen, riden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 9, 11l behind Sandsend (8-11) at Newcastle 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Palladius 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind Cappadocia (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Free Island Kheleyf filly out of Island Race.
Shesnotforturning (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Off the pace towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 8, 13l behind Tumblewind (8-6) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Cool Sea (IRE) 150-1 (8-5) Dwelt, held up behind, weakened 2f out, last of 15, 26l behind Glenard (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo mdn (3) gd.
My Claire 14-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 14l behind Pipers Note (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) fm.