Action Impact and Gracechurch have to be respected but today may be the day that FANTASY CRUSADER finally gets his head in front. Action Impact is the obvious starting point having landed a gamble on his all-weather debut and having added another success on that surface last time. That came from an 8lb lower mark than today's and his course and distance effort on his penultimate start was disappointing. He has a little to prove on turf as a result although he does meet Muffet's Dream and Fantasy Crusader on better terms. Gracechurch is running really well at present and finished a couple of lengths in front of Fantasy Crusader at Brighton on ground that may have been a shade softer than ideal. He's run well over this course and distance and seems sure to be involved. The selection hasn't won for a year and has something to find with Ron Hodges' runner but he's handicapped to get his head in front once again and it's just possible that things might fall right for him today. Royal Indulgence is racing from the same mark as when taking this prize last year and merits consideration but we'll take a chance with Fantasy Crusader. (Ian Ogg)
Action Impact (ARG) 9-4fav (9-5) Mid-divsion on outisde, smooth headway form 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ridden clear, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Magic Warrior (9-7) by 3l, 14 ran.
Pop Music (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Taken to post early, chased leaders, ridden and hung right from over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Lilac Moon (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Gracechurch (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 1f out, chased winner and looked dangerous inside final furlong, faltered 100 yards out, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Shesha Bear (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Royal Indulgence 20-1 (9-5) Slow into stride, behind, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 10l behind Holiday Cocktail (9-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcap (5) gf in Jul.
Muffett's Dream 50-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 20l behind Star of Gibraltar (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 4f fll hcp (4) gs.
Everyman 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 1f out, headed, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Kings Topic (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dubai Shadow (IRE) 9-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, not pace to challenge over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Trysting Grove (8-7) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Meohmy 16-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 30l behind Lilac Moon (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Fantasy Crusader 5-1 (8-10) Soon settled in 4th, pushed along 4f out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Shesha Bear (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Lucefer (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) Held up in last place, headway from 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Desert Hawk (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs in Jun '07.
Black Draft 25-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, always well behind, 6th of 9, well behind Maniatis (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f sll (6) pol in Jun '05.
Alright Chuck 150-1 (9-13) Slowly away, ridden 4f out, always in rear, last of 13, 27l behind Spider Silk (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.