EXCELLENT JEM was having only his fourth start on the surface when scoring at Wolverhampton and a 5lb rise may not be enough to prevent a follow-up with his young rider's claim a major bonus. Sheikh The Reins could prove a threat as he has won twice on this surface from seven starts including in this class here while Golden Desert usually runs well here and is just 2lb higher than his victory here in November. Mick Dundee easily landed a Lingfield seller in January and didn't handle the Fibresand on his return from a long absence last month. Bussa hasn't been running well on Turf but this is his surface and he isn't badly treated with Declan Bates' claim a big help.
Only Ten Per Cent (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) In touch towards rear, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 13l behind Caldercruix (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Bussa 25-1 (9-4) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on closing stages, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Rigolleto (9-6) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Athletic (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Excellent Jem 5-2 (9-12) Made all, ridden and hung left over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug beating Piccolo Express (9-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, headway and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 8, 3l behind Emmuska (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Sea Soldier (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Peak Storm (8-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Golden Desert (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Slowly away in touch in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Pilates (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Magical Rose (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 7, 10l behind Jonnie Skull (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Mick Dundee (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened and hung right over 1f out, last of 6, 25l behind Megamunch (9-2) at Southwell 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) fbs in Aug.
First Class 3-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, effort when hung left over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Hawk Moth (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
Zaheeb 12-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 10l behind Rambo Will (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led over 5f out, headed and stayed centre over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Janna's Jingle (9-0) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
South Kenter (USA) 6-1 (8-5) Close up, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 13l behind Victorian Number (9-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.