FORTUNATE BID is holding his form well and has gone close on a couple of occasions since scoring at Wolverhampton last month. Only 2lb higher today, Linda Stubbs' charge looks the safest option. Annes Rocket was narrowly defeated at Salisbury last week and should figure off the same mark, while Karate ran well again when second in similar company over C&D last time and he makes most appeal of the rest. Putin was beaten three lengths when runner-up at Lingfield latest and Titan Diamond has shown no improvement for his slide down the weights.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, challenged on bit entering final furlong, soon shaken up, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Royal Box (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Cape Kimberley 7-1 (9-9) Raced stand side, never a factor, 11th of 14, 14l behind Istiqdaam (9-9) at Leicester 6f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway as gap opened on rails over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, upsides and every chance throughout final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind George Thisby (9-4) at Salisbury 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
El Libertador (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 23l behind Yensi (9-10) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Green Agenda 40-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up behind, weakened from 3f out, 9th of 10, 23l behind Royal Box (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Crinan Classic 7-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 15l behind Tinkerbell Will (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Tudor Prince (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Ensnare (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Valeo Si Vales (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Keen in touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Songsmith (9-3) at Brighton 7f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd.
Dingaan (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run entering final furlong, switched right, never nearer, 8th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Almaty Express (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Karate (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to track clear leading pair over 2f out, ridden and closed gradually over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, never going pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Russian Ice (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Rabbit Fighter (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Always behind, veared violently left entering final furlong, crashed through rails and ran out, in a race won by Cavitie (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar '10, 10 ran.
Titan Diamond (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Mid-division, switched right to outside over 2f out, no progress, 8th of 12, 7l behind Olney Lass (8-9) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jul.
Putin (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Led until 4f out, outpaced over 2f out, rallied approaching final furlong, ran on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Diamond Run (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Farmers Dream (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and raced wide, headway to chase leaders over 5f out, went 2nd over 3f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Aggbag (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.