Uphold and Raucous Behaviour have chances at the weights but neither arrive in good form, while Porgy could only manage fourth in similar company to this at York last time, though he'll appreciate today's longer trip. SCAMPERDALE boasts the highest official rating and his recent fifth in a decent handicap here is the best form on offer. Brian Baugh's charge can take advantage of the drop in class and get his head back in front. What About Now should go well without looking good enough to win, but the remainder seem to be up against it on today's terms.
Porgy 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Demolition (9-4) at York 1m 2f clm stks (4) gd.
Scamperdale 25-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, not reached leaders, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Spensley (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Uphold 28-1 (9-5) Tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 28l behind Shernando (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Foxhaven 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, hung left from 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Albert Bridge (8-8) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
First Avenue 50-1 (9-8) In touch on outside, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 27l behind Mountain Range (8-9) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jul.
Ashammar (FR) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, good headway on outside to lead narrowly over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places closing stages, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Avon River (9-6) at Folkestone 1m 2f clm stks (6) gs.
Negotiation (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Refused to race, in a race won by Diverting (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug, 8 ran.
Raucous Behaviour (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 15l behind Halifax (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
What About Now 9-4 (9-4) Held up in 4th, challenged going well over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Herminella (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.