The progressive ALRAASED looks up to defying top weight. The C&D winner scored over a shorter trip here last week and John Dunlop's colt doesn't look to have stopped improving yet. Chapter And Verse is 3lb higher than when winning here in August but is dropped in class today while Rio Grande ran well at a big price in similar company at Redcar last time and is another to consider. Net Whizz opened his account over C&D and could go close on his handicap debut while Angelic Upstart has place claims once again.
Alraased (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, took keen hold, not clear run and headway over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Harrison George (9-7) by shd, 13 ran.
Cruiser 9-4fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, going for run on inside when badly hampered well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, not recover, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Islesman (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Tracked leadedrs, ridden over 2f out, losing place when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Basseterre (8-8) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Too Much Trouble 8-1 (8-2) Pulled hard in rear, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Moone's My Name (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) sft.
Beauchamp Xerxes 3-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 4th of 7, 5l behind Song To The Moon (8-10) at Epsom Downs 1m clm stks (5) gf in Jun '11.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 10-3fav (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and no response inside final 3f, never a factor, last of 9, 29l behind Dubai Sunshine (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Rio Grande 33-1 (9-5) Raced alone on far rail and slight lead overall, driven along 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Evervescent (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Raced centre, always behind, 26th of 29, 50l behind Fast Or Free (8-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Net Whizz (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Missed break, headway on outside over 6f out, led over 5f out, pushed clear from 2f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Tropics (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Ariyfa (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, slightly hampered halfway, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, last of 9, 50l behind Loreto (9-0) at Listowel 1m fll hcp hvy in Sep.
Outpost (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Raced wide, took keen hold in mid-division, steady headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, ridden out, comfortably, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Tiradito (8-8) by 1l, 13 ran.
Angelic Upstart (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) In touch in mid-division, closed from over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Forgive (8-13) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Prime Exhibit 9-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 8, 4l behind Lockantanks (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Zebrano 100-1 (9-5) Slowly away, always behind, last of 14, 24l behind Enthusiastic (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.