MILNE BOY can defy a penalty to win this handicap and he is taken to get the better of Towy Boy and Cool Sands. The selection hails from a yard in good form and the manner of his recent success suggests that a 6lbs penalty will not be enough to stop him. He encountered trouble in running that day but he got up in the shadows of the post and he was good value for his winning margin. Towy Boy was a little disappointing earlier in the week when he finished fifth behind Tangerine Trees at Wolverhampton. He may not have been suited by the steady pace in that race, but nonetheless it was a disappointing run. Cool Sands was well held last time but the return to this trip will suit and he has got course and distance winning form here. Tous Les Deux has also gone well here in the past and the draw is a big plus for him. Milne Boy looks to be on an upward curve and he is put forward as the pick.
Tous Les Deux 6-1 (9-7) Held up, raced keenly, headway on outside 5f out, came wide entering straight, soon weakened, last of 10, 10l behind Siren Sound (9-5) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Hammer of The Gods (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no impression on leaders and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3l behind Royal Challenge (9-5) at W'hampton 6f hcap (5) pol in Sept.
Towy Boy (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Raced keenly, prominent, ridden 1f out, one pace, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Tangerine Trees (9-3) at W'hampton 6f 3yo mdn aut (6) pol.
River Bounty 11-2 (8-11) Chased leader, effort 2f out, no extra over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Geoffdaw (9-0) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Aug.
Polish World (USA) 50-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, driven and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lawyers Choice (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcap (5) pol in Sept '07.
Cool Sands (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 14, 7l behind Dan Chillingworth (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Sept.
Truly Divine 2-1fav (9-6) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace, 4th of 12, 2l behind Game Lady (9-2) at Yarmouth 6f hcap (6) gd in Sept.
Morse (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Close up on inner, chased leading pair halfway, chased leader approaching final furlong and winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Tous Les Deux (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Milne Bay (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) In touch, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right and driven, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Great Leighs 6f hcp (6) pol beating Grizedale (9-2) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
The Jailer 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Pretty Bonnie (8-7) at Bath 5f fll hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Night Premiere (IRE) 17-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Hurricane Harriet (9-2) at Leicester 6f fll hcp (5) sft.
Bold Diva 33-1 (8-12) Soon well off the pace, no chance final 2f, 10th of 11, 13l behind Tous Les Deux (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.