A trappy contest to end proceedings but top weight Xpres Maite has to go on the short-list with Josh Baudains taking off 3lb. He took advantage of a tumble down the weights to score at Newcastle last month and was second over C&D two weeks ago. Amy Scott can get a tune out of No Larking but Pink Lips has more on her plate than when winning a weak maiden at Yarmouth and Ffos Las winner Greyemkay disappointed on the all-weather last time. Grand Piano must go close if his Salisbury second was no fluke while Chepstow third Percythepinto looks the best of the three-year-olds but BOY THE BELL looked to be on the way back at Pontefract last time and is well treated on his old form. He gets a tentative vote here with the return to 7f probably in his favour.
Xpres Maite 4-1 (8-10) Soon in rear and pushed along, headway 4f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mount Mayday (8-8) at Leicester 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Grand Piano (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace for clear 2nd, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Alshazah (8-12) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Calypso Cay 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, no impression 1f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Havin' A Good Time (8-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Les Verguettes (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Amosite (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Barista (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outside over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Capitol Gain (9-0) at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep.
Boy The Bell 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Ryedane (8-7) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Ace Master 9-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 18l behind Hopes N Dreams (9-2) at Nottingham 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
No Larking (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Dazzling Valentine (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Huzzah (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Slwoly into stride, pulled hard in rear, hampered on inside over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression, 9th of 13, 6l behind Medam (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Pink Lips 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt in touch in rear, pushed along halfway, outpaced 2f out, ridden briefly enterting final furlong, pushed along under hand and heels and ran on stongly to lead final strides, readily, won at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep beating Enthrall (8-12) by nk, 5 ran.
Percythepinto (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Royal Box (9-1) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Indiana Guest (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up, headway to get in behind leaders approaching final 2f, weakened inside final 2f, last of 9, 15l behind Gladiatrix (9-4) at Bath 6f 3yo app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Greyemkay 25-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Balti's Sister (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
My Stroppy Poppy 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stide, pulled hard in rear, never a factor, 10th of 11, 14l behind Afraah (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Lordship (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Held up, took keen hold, pushed along over 3f out, no impression 2f out, 6th of 7, 16l behind Mount Mayday (8-8) at Leicester 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Athletic 11-1 (9-4) Led until ridden 3f out, chased leader until over 2f out, soon ridden, hung left and weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 25l behind My Mate Jake (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Auntie Kathryn (IRE) 7-2fav (7-12) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Going French (9-6) at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Jun.
Rafella (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden 2f, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Nezami (9-11) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.