CARLTON SCROOP didn't fare too badly on his second outing since joining Tony Carroll over a trip that would have been on the short side for him and it's reasonable to expect better now that he's stepped back up in distance on a track where he's won three of his eight starts. He is rated 9lbs lower than when winning in March and has the services of a leading apprentice in Kieren Fox so everything looks to be in place for a big run. Two Oclock John returned to form last time and may be ready to strike but Josr's Magic has struggled here in the past and looks worth opposing as a result with the likes of Nom De La Rosa and Dovedon Angel making more appeal as each-way alternatives.
Josr's Magic (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Headway to track leader 8f out, led over 4f out, ridden clear over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Aug beating Amends (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Two Oclock John 8-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden 3f out, stayed on under pressure, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Moscow Oznick (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jul.
Formidable Guest 5-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went modest 3rd inside final 2f, no chance with very easy winner, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Lyric Poet (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Gearbox (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Chased clear leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 19l behind Arab League (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Blackstone Vegas 3-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 11l behind Bollin Freddie (8-2) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 12-1 (9-5) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway from 3f out to chase leaders 2f out, weakened just over 1f out, 5th of 14, 8l behind Poca A Poca (9-4) at Chepstow 1m ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Special Cuvee 9-1 (9-11) Tracked leader until 7f out, squeezed through to 2nd again just over 2f out, soon driven along and outpaced to 3rd inside final 2f, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Talenti (9-11) at Windsor 1m 4f sell stks (6) gs in Aug.
Search For The Key (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 10, 7l behind Josr's Magic (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Aug.
Storm Hawk (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Raced in rear, some headway 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 9l behind Rowan Light (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Nom De La Rosa (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leading pair until 5f out, struggling soon after, tailed off, 6th of 7, 23l behind Now What (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Dovedon Angel 3-1 (8-2) Took keen hold, held up 4th, headway on outside well over 2f out, went 3rd 2f out, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Where's Susie (9-6) at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Aug.
Aughcarra (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) In touch on inside, outpaced over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 30l behind Torran Sound (8-0) at Chepstow 2m 2f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Miss Formidable (IRE) 100-1 (8-6) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 31l behind Ugalla (7-13) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Turner's Touch 15-2 (8-11) In touch, weakened 3f out, last of 13, well behind Noah Jameel (8-13) at Brighton 1m 4f sell hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.