SOUNDBYTE should profit from a race that is likely to be run at a fast pace and it is to John Gallagher's gelding we turn. The drop to a mile-and-a-half is a worry but with Megalala there we should see the front runners peel off as they enter the home turn. Twisted was a John Gosden castoff and with Mick Easterby among the winners of late, he should not be dismissed from going in again. Squad hasn't shown a great deal to write home about this year but the handicapper has reacted accordingly. Not In The Clock has a distinctly American led pedigree so he should be at home around here. Faith Jicaro is in a first time visor and from a yard that have belatedly started to fire is closely monitored in the betting. Allanit is sure to create plenty of interest given that he was much better than this in the past and the name of Barney Curley appears in the trainer's column.
Squad 11-1 (9-2) Raced in rear, never a factor, 7th of 8, 35l behind Missionaire (8-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) hvy.
Twisted 7-2fav (9-4) In touch, headway 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, led well over 1f out, clear over 1f out, in command when edged right towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Watchmaker (9-8) by 4l, 12 ran.
Soundbyte 25-1 (8-13) Chased leading trio, led over 2f out, edged left under pressure but stayed on from over 1f out, no extra and caught close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Dynamic Drive (9-8) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Megalala (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 14l behind Lombok (9-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Sovento (GER) 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden into 5th 2f out, no extra in 4th 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 8l behind Night Glimmer (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Eagle Nebula 13-2 (9-9) Held up in mid-division, driven over 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 8l behind Rowan Light (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Not In The Clock (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leading pair until 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on to 3rd final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Bondage (9-1) at Leicester 1m 4f clm stks (5) gs.
Bushy Dell (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, chased leader well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Resplendent Ace (9-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, went 4th over 4f out, ridden and headway 2f out, staying on when carried left inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Egmarey (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Allanit (GER) 16-1 (9-3) Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, hung left and weakened from 1f out, 5th of 10, 9l behind Aurora Sky (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Kayaan 10-1 (9-2) Steadied and switched center start, took keen hold in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 17l behind Plan A (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Setter's Princess 6-1 (9-1) In rear, weakened 4f out, 9th of 10, 37l behind Touch of Style (8-1) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Look Officer (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Behind, effort on inside and hung right over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 14l behind Burnbrake (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Hatch A Plan (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 15, 14l behind Bavarica (11-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.