July's course and distance winner MEN DON'T CRY was far from disgraced off his new mark at Lingfield last month considering he met trouble in-running. Mark Coumbe again takes off 3lb and Ed De Giles' charge looks the one to beat ahead of last week's Warwick second Waving, who is still awaiting a first victory on Turf. The aforementioned pair have the beating of Cabuchon on the form book and he looks a better bet than stablemate Sure Fire. Dumbfounded makes his handicap debut but has shown nothing so far.
Waving 13-2 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Vertueux (9-7) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and not clear run when bumped 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Spiritual Art (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Dumbfounded (FR) 25-1 (9-13) Finished 8th, raced wide, mid-division ridden over 3f out, hampered over 2f out, not a danger after, 8th of 13, 22l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-13) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Ernie 6-1 (9-0) Dwelt towards rear, ridden 5f out, headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Boston Blue (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Sure Fire (GER) 18-1 (9-4) Always behind, 7th of 9, 13l behind Azrag (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Cabuchon (GER) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, chased winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Ebony Roc (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Hawaiian Freeze 25-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, some late headway, 5th of 10, 7l behind Spiritual Art (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
A Good Year (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Lochiel (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.