Fivefold had Pytheas behind when scoring at Kempton last week and should make another bold bid. But he, in turn, has something to find with I CONFESS on earlier running. The latter has gone close over C&D the last twice and, with a 7lb claimer taking over the reins here, he could find that extra bit needed to get his head back in front. Rubenstar notched up a double over today's trip recently and his latest success came in an apprentice race. He can figure here under Luke Morris along with bottom-weight Frequency.
Pytheas (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened inside final furlong and dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Fivefold (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dingaan (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Held up in 7th, ridden halfway, no progress until some late headway, 8th of 11, 4l behind The Happy Hammer (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 4l behind Sir Bruno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Fivefold (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Chased leader until over 1f out, chased new leader approaching final furlong, edged right under pressure but stayed on to lead close home, won at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Kenton Street (8-13) by hd, 7 ran.
I Confess 4-1fav (9-4) Led, joined 2f out, ridden over 1f out, narrowly headed final 100 yards, rallied to 2nd again close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind The Happy Hammer (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Rubenstar (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Went left and bumped start, held up in rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, held on, won at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Saddlers Bend (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Harlech Castle 5-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind and soon driven, ridden 4f out, headway under pressure entering final furlong, switched right and stayed on final 75 yards, unable to reach leaders, nearest finish, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Punching (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Jack O'lantern 11-4fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Apache Ridge (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Frequency 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Elhamri (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.