ROYAL SWAIN has been running well without success in higher grade handicaps of late. With an apprentice's claim taken into account, he can race off a lower mark than when scoring at Doncaster back in May and gets the nod. La Bacouetteuse keeps finding a bit more and won again at Musselburgh last week. He has a penalty to contend with today but is still preferred to recent 2m maiden winner Silver Samba. River Dragon still looks a shade high in the weights and the less exposed Mr Snoozy makes more appeal off his current mark.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 7-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead last strides, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Stormy Morning (9-3) by hd, 10 ran.
Royal Swain (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chased winner until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Red Orator (8-2) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Maneki Neko (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, soon mid-division, lost place over 2f out, last of 7, 21l behind Pertuis (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Bocciani (GER) 11-2 (10-5) Chased clear leader, led 2f out, edged left briefly over 1f out, pushed out, won at Carlisle 1m 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug '11 beating Circus Clown (10-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
River Dragon (IRE) 4-1fav (8-10) Led, driven inside final 2f, ridden when hard pressed inside final furlong, headed final 110 yards, no extra, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bollin Felix (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Stags Leap (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, prominent early, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 9l behind Bandanaman (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Silver Samba 11-4 (9-7) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, edged slightly left over 2f out, led well over 1f out, driven out, won at Goodwood 2m 3yo mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug beating Looks Like Rain (9-2) by 2l, 7 ran.
De Lesseps (USA) 100-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, eased 1f out, last of 11, 29l behind Chookie Avon (9-12) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Mr Snoozy 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, soon led, headed well inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Scarlet Prince (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.