Viviani was beaten less than a length over 2m1f at Bath last week and has to go on the short-list here, though his stable is struggling for winners at present. Staying hurdler Haldibari is sure to relish this stamina test but Rawaaj, another winner over timber, doesn't look particularly well handicapped on the Flat and Ned Ludd will probably need this. Being the only three-year-old, BAND OF THUNDER gets all the allowances and can open his account at the sixth time of asking. Andrew Balding's gelding can reverse course running with Captain Oats over this extra quarter-mile and found 1m4f much too sharp at Newmarket last time.
Rawaaj 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, challenged 6f out, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Neptune Equester (9-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Viviani (IRE) 15-8fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon close up in 4th, headway to 2nd 10f out, driven to challenge 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lucky Diva (8-4) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Ned Ludd (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) In touch, lost place over 6f out, towards rear and no chance after, 10th of 13, 10l behind Spice Fair (9-4) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Haldibari (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led 1f, chased leader until 6f out, prominent, led 2f out, hung left under pressure and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Brabazon (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Captain Oats (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 10f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Blazing Buck (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul.
Ancient Times (USA) 10-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, hampered on stable bend after about 3f, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 11, 6l behind Amir Pasha (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) sft in Jul.
Dolores Ortiz (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, switched left, soon after start, soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 23l behind Molly The Witch (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo sll (6) gd in Aug '09.
Rock Peak (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) In rear, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 4th of 5, 16l behind Corr Point (10-0) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Orpen Bid (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, pushed along 5f out, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Dancing Primo (9-1) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jul.
Poppy Gregg 20-1 (7-13) Always last, wide on bend 5f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 5, 23l behind Lastroseofsummer (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Band Of Thunder 10-3fav (8-5) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, ridden and kept on one pace from over 12f out, 4th of 7, 11l behind Apparel (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.