DUCAL was doing all his best work at the finish when third over 7f at Wolverhampton on his handicap debut. He can get off the mark here with the extra furlong likely to suit. Choral also has every chance judged on his recent third over 7f in better company at this track, while Ibiza Sunset has been threatening to get his head in front and should be thereabouts again. Dare To Bare has been running well over a longer trip here of late, but Snow Trooper is 7lb higher than June's win at Newbury and dual 7f winner Russian Ice is upped in class.
Cultural Desert 5-1 (8-10) Pulled hard, with leader, weakened well over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Pat's Legacy (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Choral 13-2 (8-6) Held up in touch, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Requisite (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Jibaal (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, driven well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Sound Amigo (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ibiza Sunset (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ran inside final furlong, gaining near finish, 3rd of 14, hd behind Thatcherite (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Dunseverick (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 17l behind Piceno (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Aug.
Dare To Bare (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Chased winner throughout, driven to challenge over 1f out, upsides and every chance throughout final furlong, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Kyllachy Spirit (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ebony Song (USA) 6-1 (9-6) In touch, headway to chase winner 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Alluring Star (9-5) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Snow Trooper 6-1 (9-2) In touch, effort over 1f out, soon edged right, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 7l behind Al Burkaan (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Ducal 13-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, raced wide towards rear, wide straight, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, unable to reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Sound Amigo (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fenella Fudge 4-1 (8-12) Led center trio and overall leader, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Layla Jamil (9-7) at Newcastle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Climaxfortackle (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division on inside, headway and gradually switched right from over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Yojimbo (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Russian Ice 12-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, headway inside final 2f, strong run to lead final 150 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug beating Karate (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Diplomasi 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, ridden and struggling 3f out, 9th of 14, 12l behind Height of Summer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.