The runs of La Bacouetteuse and Sohcahtoa earlier on the card will be a clue to the chances of STORMY MORNING, whose form ties in closely with that pair. He still looks fairly treated and can return to winning ways on the Flat before resuming his career over hurdles. Strobe won over fences recently but could find a few of these have a bit more pace including Operateur, a winner over this trip at Catterick before finishing third at Newcastle. Mark Johnston's string continues in fine form so Hikma has to be respected in a first-time visor while Pertuis has sprung to life lately, though recent wins at Pontefract and Catterick have come in amateur events. Oddsmaker is a C&D winner but recent efforts suggest he is on the downgrade nowadays.
Pertuis (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders halfway, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Tidal Run (10-11) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Stormy Morning 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind La Bacouetteuse (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 9-2 (10-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 15l behind Bavarian Nordic (10-5) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Hawdyerwheesht 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, not clear run and lost place over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, ran on inside final furlong, not get to front pair, 3rd of 10, 1l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Hikma (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Chased leader, led soon after halfway, headed over 4f out, lost 2nd 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 36l behind Panettone (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Operateur (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon headed, held every chance thereafter until held towards finish, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Scarlet Prince (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Oddsmaker (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 9l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Strobe 100-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, weakened over 6f out, tailed off over 3f out, last of 16, well behind Puy D'Arnac (9-9) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep '11.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 18-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dimashq 40-1 (9-0) Slowly away, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Croftamie (8-5) at Catterick 1m 4f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf in Aug.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Keen hold tracking leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, faded, 4th of 6, 4l behind Star Kingdom (8-12) at Hamilton 1m app hcp 0-55 (6) hvy in Aug.
There's No Rules 20-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear and keen, pushed along over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 12, 18l behind Joyful Spirit (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Kieron's Rock (IRE) 20-1 (7-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 14, 21l behind Gosforth Park (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.