Hartwright was beaten in a claimer at Lingfield last time but Tobacco Road arrives off the back of a victory at Sandown, though was a length behind THOUWRA at the same track earlier. Saeed bin Suroor's colt has now won two of his last three and is only 3lb higher than when successful at Yarmouth. He may be worth following as Dark Emerald and Melvin The Grate have lost their way a little and recent course and distance second Strong Conviction takes on better opposition today.
Thouwra (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) In touch, headway to track leader 3f out, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Buckstay (9-4) by hd, 10 ran.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Prominent, led over 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 10l behind Cornrow (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tobacco Road (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, ridden and pressed from over 2f out, ran on gamely, won at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Russian Realm (9-0) by nk, 12 ran.
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 7l behind Majestic Moon (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Hartwright 7-2 (8-9) Led, took keen hold, edged right over 1f out, soon hard ridden, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Raging Bear (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm (6) sft.
Strong Conviction 7-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Mcdelta (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.