PUNCHING is taken to follow up on his recent all weather success at the expense of Desert Pride and Out Of Nothing. The selection scored at Southwell last time out and comes into this race looking well treated. Although his form on the all weather is better than his turf form he has run well in better races off a similar mark and if he can recapture his best form he is sure to go close. Desert Pride is only lightly raced, and although he is yet to get his head in front he has run well in defeat. He finished third on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton and can once again enter the frame. Out Of Nothing is a difficult horse to catch right. He did win at Ayr on his penultimate start breaking his maiden tag in the process but then disappointed at Southwell when sent back on the all weather and for that reason he should be treated with some caution.
Ghost Dancer 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression when hung left final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Campli (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Bahamian Kid 6-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 8l behind Doubtful Sound (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Charlie Delta 14-1 (8-3) Always behind, 10th of 13, 5l behind Countdown (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Full Victory (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Prominent, led 4f out, headed inside final 2f, weakened, 6th of 11, 7l behind Sofia's Star (8-11) at Windsor 1m hcap (5) gs in Oct.
Punching 10-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr beating Tiger Dream (9-4) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Millfields Dreams 14-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 9, 21l behind Monkey Glas (9-3) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Bold Cross (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Always behind, 10th of 13, 17l behind Jawaab (9-1) at Warwick 1m hcap (5) gd in Sep.
Sawpit Sunshine (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, raced keenly, every chance 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 16, 8l behind Master of Arts (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 3yo hcp (5) sft in May '08.
Desert Pride 20-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Compton Classic (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Castano 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt and was soon prominent, effort over 2f, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Boundless Prospect (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Out Of Nothing 10-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden and improved over 2f out, chased leader and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Having A Ball (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Sweet Kiss (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, eased final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind To Be Or Not To Be (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Mountain Pass (USA) 5-1 (10-10) Halfway at start, started slowly, towards rear, pushed wide over 2f out, never dangerous, hung left inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Rossini's Dancer (10-9) at Wolverhampton 1m am hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Mr Funshine 20-1 (8-9) In touch stands side group, every chance 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 5l behind Top Bid (9-2) at Nottingham 5f hcap (6) hvy in Nov.
Cyfrwys (IRE) 25-1 (7-12) Led until headed over 2f out, kept on under pressure until weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 9l behind The London Gang (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Follow Your Spirit 66-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 26l behind Obe Royal (8-12) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.