Boots And Spurs finished third in better company here last time and should be in the mix but Yarmouth winner Multi Bene has been raised another 5lb for finishing second at Bath on his latest start. Restaurateur is usually thereabouts without being good enough though he's dropping down a grade today while Lanarkshire's maiden win came at Southwell and he's having his first start on Turf. DARK RULER didn't look like catching the winner when runner-up at Hamilton but that was only his third start and Alan Swinbank's charge is taken to open his account on his handicap debut with further progress expected.
Boots And Spurs 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, switched to race stand side from over 2f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Prophesy (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Multi Bene 9-4fav (9-5) Mid-diviison on outside, pushed right over 3f out, headway over 2f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly and edged left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Charitable Act (9-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Iffraam (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 18l behind Alkadi (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Restaurateur (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Storm King (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Swift Encounter (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 31l behind Eastern Destiny (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Lanarkshire (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Always prominent, led over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, led again inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar beating Feeling Good (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Dark Ruler (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner when jinked left over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Cottesmore (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Aug.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 33-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 8l behind Engrossing (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Artillery Train (IRE) 33-1 (7-11) Behind and outpaced, ridden over 2f out, kept on to take 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lolita Lebron (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.