Some in-form sorts with three last-time-out winners, including DECENT FELLA and Aqua Ardens who both obliged at this venue. Decent Fella's success came over 7f but the Jordan charge strode right away in the closing stages off a good pace so there should be no stamina doubts about the additional furlong on that evidence. He's fallen to a really tempting handicap mark and should be good enough to defy a 6lb penalty. It's always impossible to rule out Jonnie Skull over this sort of trip in low-grade, good ground contests and this fine servant to the McEntee yard is essential shortlist material, having made all in typically gutsy fashion last time at Yarmouth. However, Aqua Ardens appeals as a stronger danger after putting two poor runs behind him when scoring here last time, stepped up dramatically in trip. Connections may have found the key to him and he looks a danger to all.
Decent Fella (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Held up in last trio, good headway on inside 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Kamchatka (9-5) by 5l, 9 ran.
Exceedexpectations 25-1 (9-7) Pressed leader, lost place and ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 11l behind Labienus (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Pink Lips (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leading pair, pushed along and went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, held on, all out, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun beating Paphos (9-7) by hd, 7 ran.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Halling Dancer (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Saint Irene 7-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, staying on same pace when hampered over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 5l behind Amosite (9-9) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Behind, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind The Mongoose (9-2) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.