The quality on offer is reflected by Crystal Monarch being asked to concede weight all round for the Cecil team. He's been beaten an aggregate of 84 lengths in three starts to date though it is unusual for the yard to retain such sorts as four-year-olds so maybe there is more to come. However, PARTY PALACE has proved a good dual purpose horse for Stuart Howe over the past year and makes greater appeal after completing a hurdling hat-trick of late on good ground or quicker. He's clearly in great heart and is taken to translate that much-improved form over timber to the level. Acapulco Bay, another useful dual purpose performer in good form, is respected along with Minstrel Lad.
Crystal Monarch (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Started slowly, behind, reminders halfway, soon struggling tailed off, 7th of 9, 36l behind Scottish Vespers (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul '12.
Picalily 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 6l behind Josie's Dream (9-13) at Warwick 1m 5f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Lily Potts 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden 4f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Glaisdale (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Bondi Mist (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led until 8f out, chased leader until 3f out, chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, one pace when squeezed out inside final 2f, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Green Earth (8-12) at Windsor 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Minstrel Lad 6-1 (9-1) Chased leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Time Square (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Acapulco Bay 20-1 (8-2) Dwelt led after 2f, ridden 3f out, edged left 2f out, all out and held on gamely, won at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May beating On Stage (8-6) by nk, 7 ran.
Party Palace 9-2 (8-5) Prominent, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Kashgar (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Kozmina Bay 25-1 (8-7) Mid-division, lost place 8f out, well beaten over 3f out, 10th of 13, 29l behind Kashgar (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Arch Event 12-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, no impression when one pace into 3rd 1f out, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Highlife Dancer (9-7) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Red Current 14-1 (8-4) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 9, 14l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Stafford Charlie 100-1 (8-0) In touch, lost place over 3f out and eased, 12th of 13, well behind Lake Kalamalka (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr '09.