CLIFFORDS REPRIEVE showed improved form on his Polytrack debut over C&D two weeks ago when headed at the post. He's taken to go one better and confirm running with Cloth Ears in the process. Francis Albert, Canadian Danehill and Argentine are all capable of landing this on their day, while Porthgwidden Beach registered her only win so far over C&D last month with Instructress a close-up third and a return to this track may bring about improvement. Steel City Boy's chance has been compromised by a wide draw.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, held up in rear, good headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead that group close home, not pace of leaders far side, 4th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Cape Royal (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Fairy Tales 66-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden on outside over 2f out, soon beaten, 12th of 13, 23l behind Pearl Opera (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Till Dawn (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 17, 8l behind El Dececy (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd.
Cliffords Reprieve 16-1 (9-0) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, caught close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Vhujon (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Francis Albert 6-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, keen hold in mid-division, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Porthgwidden Beach (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 19l behind Riflessione (9-8) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) fbs.
Canadian Danehill (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Led centre group until over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind The Strig (9-6) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Argentine (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up in rear, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 4l behind Full Shilling (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Instructress 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 12, 18l behind Riflessione (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Cloth Ears 7-1 (8-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Vhujon (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Brian Sprout 20-1 (8-4) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 8l behind Monte Mayor One (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Papageno 12-1 (8-11) Pressed winner until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, eased near finish, 8th of 14, 6l behind Lucky Art (8-4) at Southwell 5f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Mar.