MR GRINCH and Lucky Rave both come here in search of a hat-trick but it is the former that we narrowly side with in a cracking nursery. Michael Dods has some decent juveniles in the yard and Mr Grinch must rank highly. Wins at Carlisle and Newcastle have resulted in him being allotted a mark of 90, however the way that he has gone about his business so far suggest that he will battle hard to make it three on the bounce. Lucky Rave's wins have come in some modest all-weather races and a whopping 13lb rise in the weights for a comprehensive Wolverhampton win may mean that he struggles today. Desert Auction drops back in grade; he is 3lb higher than his Newbury win in August which gives him a chance. Farmer Giles has been frustrating to follow, so a better option may be Atacama Crossing who looked all at sea last time out on soft ground at Newmarket. Blinkers worked on Pleasant Day last time out at Lingfield but this looks tougher so he needs to improve to win this off 82. Brick Red is progressing well and this return to seven furlongs is in his favour, as it is for Flaneur, whilst Jutland and Ransom Note are also firmly in the mix off their current ratings. A smashing handicap, where we will tentatively plump for Mr Grinch.
Mr Grinch (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Raced keenly, held up in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newcastle 6f nov med aut stk (4) gf in Aug beating Keyta Bonita (8-4) by hd, 4 ran.
Desert Auction (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, soon outpaced, no impression final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Big Audio (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Aug.
Lucky Rave 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led 1f out, shaken up inside final furlong, quickened right away, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Aug beating Edgewater (9-7) by 5l, 12 ran.
Farmer Giles (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up, raced keenly, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 9l behind Star Rover (9-0) at York 5f 2yo Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Atacama Crossing (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Led, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Clarietta (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Pleasant Day (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Raced wide, tracked leaders, chased leader 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug beating Kensei (9-3) by 4l, 7 ran.
Audacity Of Hope 33-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, raced wide, in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakening when hampred 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Shakespearean (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Brick Red 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, switched left well over 1f out, strong challenge entering final furlong, upsides final 100 yards, dead heated on line, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug deadheating with Haadeeth (9-3), 11 ran.
Jutland 11-4fav (9-0) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Cool Valentine (8-9) at Sandown 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Flaneur 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 13th of 17, 9l behind Yurituni (8-0) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Miss Smilla 10-3 (9-4) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 9l behind Flaneur (8-5) at Newcastle 6f 2yo hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Transfixed (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Always prominent, led after 2f, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Shibhan (8-1) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Ransom Note 3-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon in touch, good headway on inside over 1f out, challenged and disputing lead inside final furlong, won on the nod, won at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Aug beating Demonstrative (9-3) by ns, 8 ran.