An open finale with the majority holding fairly respectable claims. Brimstone Hill has compiled a string of consistent placed efforts and should hit the winner's circle sooner or later for the Carson team whilst Destiny Of Dreams was back to form last time with a courageous course and distance success in January. A repeat performance would see the Crowley inmate bang in contention whilst it will be interesting to note the response of topweight Lord Ofthe Shadows to first-time blinkers. Idol Deputy may be up against it upped in this grade and the choice falls to FORTIETH AND FIFTH. Relatively unexposed in comparison to his rivals, his three-year-old campaign was one of considerable promise, rounded off with an excellent fourth behind Silver Lime in a competitive Glorious Goodwood handicap. A mark of 80 to start the new campaign seems more than fair and hopefully he will be straight enough for this seasonal reappearance as there seems plenty more to come from him.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up and behind, hampered on inside well over 2f out, still plenty to do when headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd and closed on winner close home, too much to do, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Ree's Rascal (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Fortieth And Fifth (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Silver Lime (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Ajeeb (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Pulled hard tracked leaders, led 8f out, clear 5f out, headed 3f out, weakening when short of room approaching 2f out, last of 9, 20l behind Buckland (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Destiny Of Dreams 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, stayed on to lead narrowly towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Flying Trader (9-2) by nk, 9 ran.
Megalala (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Led until halfway, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 14th of 15, 46l behind Moderator (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Jewelled 5-1 (9-6) Dwelt in rear, ridden 2f out, headway on outer approaching final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Carazam (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Idol Deputy (FR) 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Goldstorm (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Flying Trader (USA) 5-1 (9-7) In touch racing wide, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden in 4th over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 8l behind Tadabeer (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.