The betting suggested HI NOTE would run a big race over track and trip a week ago and she duly obliged by 10 lengths. A 6l penalty may not be enough to prevent a follow-up and Sheena West's charge gets the nod ahead of Foster's Road. The top weight is capable at this level though hard to predict while Priors Gold went very close over today's trip at Goodwood before a poor effort at Sandown recently. Cape Alex and Miss Tiger Lily were both placed in this grade last time but have something to prove over today's longer distance while Rapid Heat Lad has yet to score on Turf.
Foster's Road 11-2 (9-7) Held up mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 14, 30l behind Mexicali (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Priors Gold 33-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up well off the pace towards rear, some headway under pressure over 2f out, never a fator, 7th of 10, 10l behind Good Evans (8-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Hi Note 5-4fav (9-2) Soon led, headed after 1f, tracked leader, challenged 10f out, led again 5f out, clear over 2f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Baan (8-11) by 10l, 5 ran.
Rapid Heat Lad (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 8l behind Big Time Billy (8-6) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Cape Alex 7-4fav (9-6) Slowly away headway to track leader after 2f, joined leader halfway, ridden 3f out, led approaching 2f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Cornish Beau (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Miss Tiger Lily 8-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, shd behind Chapter Five (9-1) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.