SULWAAN has looked useful and he can justify Mark Johnston's decision to make the long trek here from Middleham. Connections have had to be patient but his victory at Yarmouth suggested that he was open to plenty of improvement this season. Isobar has gone up 8lb for a win in a maiden handicap at Bath though that will be unlikely to dissuade followers of Kieren Fallon. Akhmatova looked progressive earlier in the season but she has been out of sorts since running into the frame at York in July. Dubai Crest is one from one on an artificial surface and it would be interesting to see whether there is any money on a return from absence. Rumble Of Thunder is yet to win on anything other than turf though seems to be finally being given a chance by the assessor.
Stand Guard 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 15l behind My Best Bet (9-1) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Franco Is My Name 7-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, hung left over 2f, soon weakened, last of 7, 38l behind Archie Rice (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Encircled 12-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, never a factor,eased over 1f out, 9th of 11, 46l behind Spiritual Art (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dubai Crest 8-1 (8-4) Towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on sme pace and no impression final furlong, 6th of 14, 9l behind Fortuni (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Sulwaan (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Awkward start and slightly hampered, recovered to lead after 1f, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep '09 beating Togiak (9-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Held up in touch, ridden to lead well over 1f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Spiritual Art (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sing Sweetly 5-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on well, never on terms, 4th of 7, 8l behind Wild Rose (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Aug.
Free Tussy (ARG) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 10, 4l behind Chalice Welcome (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Isobar (GER) 4-6fav (10-0) Tracked leading pair, led over 2f out, soon 3 lengths clear, eased final furlong, comfortably, won at Bath 1m 5f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Jewellery (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Tuanku (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) In touch, headway to track leader going well 3f out, led 2f out, driven and stayed on final furlong, held on well near finish, won at Salisbury 1m 2f hcap (5) sft in Aug '08 beating Seventh Hill (8-13) by nk, 10 ran.
Akhmatova 12-1 (9-3) In rear, headway to chase leaders 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 27l behind Calatrava Cape (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Peadar Miguel 12-1 (8-12) Keen in mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 6l behind Duellist (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Prohibition (IRE) 17-2 (10-0) Took keen hold and prominent, led 7f out until over 3f out, weakened and eased final 2f, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Mount Athos (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.