RUSSIAN SPIRIT's form has been franked and from the bottom of the weights he looks sure to run well; Henry Candy's pair of Seamus Shindig and Aye Aye Digby give the experienced trainer of quality sprinters a strong hand. Michael Jarvis has his horses in fair form and this Falbrav filly is having a good season. Her latest beating of Hotham at York has been franked by that horse (who re-opposes today) winning since, and with conditions in her favour she looks sure to run well in her bid for a second course and distance success. Hotham is a horse that links a few of these; he was second to Silver Wind here in September (Atlantic Story third, Sunrise Safari in fourth, Servoca in fifth, Hamoody and Seamus Shindig midfield) and may not be done with yet with conditions to suit. Zidane is talented and won't mind conditions, a comment that also applies to top-weight Icelandic who is another who runs this track well. Hitchens still looks fairly treated, Lowther will like this more than the kickback at Southwell earlier this month, whilst Aye Aye Digby has his ideal conditions. River Falcon is starting to look well-treated and this six furlong trip with cut in the ground will play to his strengths. Another fantastic puzzle for punters to scratch their heads over, and our tentative nomination goes to Russian Spirit.
Icelandic 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 14th of 20, 8l behind Royal Rock (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Zidane 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division far side group, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 19th of 26, 11l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Hitchens (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, smooth headway from 2f out, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 20, 2 1/4l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Lowther 6-1 (9-6) Mid-division headway and effort over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 11l behind Sovereign Remedy (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-100 (2) fbs.
Johannes (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden halfway, never trouble leaders, 10th of 20, 4l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Confuchias (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 20, 9l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Baldemar 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 20, 8l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Aye Aye Digby (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to reach winner, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Arthur's Edge (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Hotham 7-2fav (8-12) Held up, driven and headway on inside over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on well to lead near finish, won at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Bravely (8-5) by hd, 10 ran.
Aldermoor (USA) 25-1 (8-4) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ridden and hung right inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating One Way Or Another (8-7) by hd, 15 ran.
River Falcon 16-1 (8-6) Held up stands' side, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Green Manalishi (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Red Cape (FR) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division on outside, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Seamus Shindig 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders more towards centre, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Arthur's Edge (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Atlantic Story (USA) 10-1 (8-7) Behind far side, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Green Manalishi (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Hamoody (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Always behind, 14th of 20, 6l behind Silver Wind (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Sundae 13-2 (9-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, readily, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul beating River Kirov (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
The Kyllachy Kid 33-1 (8-11) Towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 8l behind Ingleby Arch (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders far side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 24, 1 3/4l behind Baldemar (9-5) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
We Have A Dream 4-1fav (8-13) Led on rail, ridden and headed 2f out, soon hung right and weakened, 10th of 14, 12l behind Arthur's Edge (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Servoca (CAN) 9-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 17, nk behind Even Bolder (8-0) at Ascot 5f app hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Silver Wind 20-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 10th of 12, 4l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Russian Spirit 6-1 (9-2) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden halfway, chased leader over 1f out, driven to lead final strides, won at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Hotham (8-12) by nk, 18 ran.