ARTFUL PRINCE's winning run came to an end at Beverley last time but his inexperienced rider possibly went off too quickly. Graham Lee takes over the reins today and James Given's prolific winner is given another chance to defy his new mark. Woodacre is unexposed on the Flat while Mixed Message has been knocking on the door but Fraserburgh appears to have lost his way and it's a long time since Jonny Lesters Hair showed any worthwhile form. Ebony Express has each-way claims, however, while Joshua The First won this last year and can race off a much lower mark today.
Ebony Express 9-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, outpaced well over 3f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on well, 4th of 9, 10l behind Handsome Ransom (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Mixed Message (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Save The Bees (9-8) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Voice From Above (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden, driven and stayed on to press winner towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Ana Shababiya (8-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Woodacre 15-8fav (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 5f out, led 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, soon rallied and regained lead, kept on towards finish, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Day Of Destiny (9-11) by hd, 6 ran.
Fraserburgh (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching final 2f until 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Yojimbo (9-8) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Jonny Lesters Hair (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Skyfire (8-13) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Artful Prince 11-10fav (9-6) Led after 2f, soon clear, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Ningbo Express (9-10) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Joshua The First 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Goal (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Edas 33-1 (9-2) In touch, switched right and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 12l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-11) at Carlisle 1m Ladies Handicap (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gs in Aug.
Illawalla 100-1 (9-6) Mid-division on inside, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, 10th of 11, 21l behind Beau Duke (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep '12.
Polar Forest 15-2 (9-0) Slowly away, behind, headway over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Taxiformissbyron (8-12) at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.