BUSHWHACKER has only ever seen a racetrack in Hong Kong and it is certainly eye-catching that Paul Hanagan is booked for his debut run on British soil. He is worth chancing against relatively weak opposition. Bluegrass Gal wouldn't need to find too much on debut to compete whilst Appleby Fair is looking to improve after a first run at Ripon. Alan Berry's Red Roar has been erratic and she is watched here. Nadinska and Ruler's Honour have shown very little so far but they may find this an easier test and should go close. Francis Albert had a big advantage in the weights last time at Musselburgh but on these terms does not look appealing.
Bushwhacker (AUS) (7-11) 8th of 14, 17l behind Happee Gift (8-1) at Happy Valley(HK) 5f hcp in Nov.
Francis Albert 40-1 (7-13) Keen led, ridden 2f out, hung right final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Mandarin Spirit (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Appleby Fair 9-2 (9-3) Behind, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 13l behind Pelmanism (9-3) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
Ruler's Honour (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 6l behind Thinking (8-4) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Bluegrass Gal (USA) Cape Canaveral filly out of Reigning Princess.
Grey Crystal 40-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 15l behind Pelmanism (9-3) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gs.
Nadinska 9-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never a threat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Cardinal (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Red Roar (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, kept on to be clear 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Ming Meng (8-12) at Hamilton 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.