AFRICAN OIL was only beaten a length by the in-form Ingleby Angel at Haydock and looks ready to get back on the winning trail. Veeraya didn't look suited by soft ground at Chester after a much better effort at Newmarket and today's conditions should be perfect. Polar Chief and Bold Prediction are both recent winners over the trip and have to be considered, especially the latter, who ran very well in a strong handicap at Newmarket last time, but Party Royal hasn't been in the best of form and needs to bounce back.
Veeraya 4-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Correspondent (9-7) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
African Oil (FR) 16-1 (8-12) Towards trear, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Ingleby Angel (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Polar Chief 10-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 24l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Party Royal 7-2fav (8-9) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 16l behind Mabait (8-9) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Breden (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.