DRAGON'S DEN may just need this but he is by no means badly treated on his victory over C&D in the spring on quicker ground as he ran well off a higher mark at Ffos Las subsequently. We'll give Chris Down's charge a tentative vote as he's only giving a pound to in-form four-year-old Geminus, who's gone up a further 6lb since completing his hat-trick at Plumpton. No Woman No Cry won over this trip at Newton Abbot in August while Rydalis was successful over C&D in May and is only 2lb higher today. Top weight Wings Of Smoke and Regal Flow may be best of the rest.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Ted Spread (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
What Er Say 12-1 (11-9) Held up, ridden after 7th, mistake 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Kilmacowen (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Regal Flow 50-1 (10-9) Off the pace in 5th, struggling 4 out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 32l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rydalis (FR) 2-1fav (11-5) Led to 7th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Queen Of Mantua (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in May.
Nicene Creed 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, under pressure when mistake 5th, lost place after next, behind from 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Bathwick Man (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul, 14 ran.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Behind, headway approaching and not fluent 4 out, driven in 4th after 3 out, no extra from next, 6th of 13, 11l behind Enfant De Lune (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Geminus (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Made virtually all, headed briefly before 2 out, clear after 2 out, mistake last, kept on well flat, won at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep beating Consulate (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Swift Chap 10-1 (11-0) Behind, ridden and struggling before 6th, pulled up after next, in a race won by No Woman No Cry (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Aug, 14 ran.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, took keen hold, went 3rd from 5th, pushed along and weakened quickly from 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Court In Session (10-12) at Hereford 2m nov chs (4) gf in May, 5 ran.
Detroit Red 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon beaten, 8th of 15, 24l behind Cinderella Rose (11-1) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov '10.
Marleno (GER) 16-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, 13th of 20, 29l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Wychwoods Mist 11-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, took keen hold, reminder after 6th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 13, 15l behind Barton Stacey (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
No Woman No Cry 7-2fav (11-10) Chased leader until after 1st, prominent in main group, led after 5th, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Midnight Myth (10-13) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, dropped to rear 7th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, no impression from next, 4th of 6, 33l behind Award Winner (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sep '11.