FUTURE REFERENCE was beaten a short-head at Kempton last time but awarded the race by the Stewards. He's been raised only 3lb and can win this one outright. Capo Rosso is less than consistent but capable at this level on his day while Rocket Ronnie may find today's trip on the short-side having done all his winning over a mile so far. Sherzam scored over 7f at Newcastle last month and is preferred to Lazarus Bell, who appears to have gone off the boil of late. Mishaal and Just Paul are recent course and distance winners stepping up in class for this.
Future Reference (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, disputing 2nd 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, strong challenge in closing stages, just failed (awarded race), won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Bluegrass Blues (9-6) by shd, 11 ran.
Capo Rosso (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Horsted Keynes (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Rocket Ronnie (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Broke smart keen prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Sherzam 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind China Creek (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Lazarus Bell 11-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, ridden and effort on outside 2f out, no impression, soon edged left and well beaten, 7th of 8, 13l behind China Creek (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Patrona Ciana (FR) 9-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Raging Bear (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm (6) sft.
Someone's Darling 16-1 (8-3) Tracked stand side leader, ridden halfway, kept on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 7th of 14, 6l behind Dancheur (8-6) at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Just Paul (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Held up, headway over 3f out, went 2nd going well over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left and no impression on winner inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Argaki (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Funding Deficit (IRE) 2-1fav (8-11) Slow into stride, pushed along to lead after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Lexington Place (8-9) at Catterick 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Mishaal (IRE) 7-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged over 2f out, every chance and edged right inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind George Fenton (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Rapscallion Deep (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led narrowly, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 8th of 13, 6l behind Gold Beau (9-2) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.