Alpine Retreat only found the Ralph Beckett-trained Lightning Spear too good over 7f at Kempton on debut and is sure to appreciate this extra furlong. Beckett runs the Cape Cross gelding Cape Caster in this but Dursey Island, a son of Elusive Quality, and the stoutly-bred Montaly are more interesting newcomers. ALEX VINO couldn't go the early pace over 7f at Newmarket last month but kept on nicely in the closing stages to finish third. With that run under his belt, he may well be good enough to open his account here.
Alex Vino (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Learaig (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Alpine Retreat (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Soon pushed along in 5th, driven along on outside entering final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Lightning Spear (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Cape Caster (IRE) Cape Cross gelding out of Playboy Mansion.
Dursey Island (USA) Elusive Quality colt out of Incircle Miss.
Gimme Five Champs Elysees colt out of Waitingonacloud.
Ian's Memory (USA) Smart Strike colt out of Rite Moment.
Montaly Yeats colt out of Le Badie.
One Man Band (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden and ran green over 2f out, never a factor, 12th of 13, 23l behind Learaig (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Palace Dragon (IRE) Lawman gelding out of Mayonga.
Son Of Feyan (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 16l behind Chief Barker (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.