SWIFT ENCOUNTER won his maiden at Beverley in August when beating the re-opposing Ventura Spirit with a bit up his sleeve. The latter has since boosted the form with a win and Ann Duffield's colt can follow-up on his handicap debut. Rocktherunway has shown enough in soft ground maidens to suggest he won't be far away here, while Free House is another making his handicap bow after showing promise in maiden company. Hurricane Emerald gets first-time headgear after a third over 1m2f at Nottingham and Twelve Strings has something to prove now having ran poorly at Wolverhampton last time.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Gabrial's Star (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Free House 3-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, slightly outpaced 3f out, rallied and switched to inside to chase leading pair inside final 2f, stayed on when badly hampered on rails inside final furlong, lost 3rd post, not recover, 4th of 9, 3l behind Fennell Bay (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Swift Encounter (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway under pressure when edged right over 1f out, soon challenged, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug beating Ventura Spirit (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ventura Spirit Evensfav (9-3) Chased leader, led over 2f out, strongly pressed throughout final furlong, stayed on gamely closing stages, won at Carlisle 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep beating Naseem Alyasmeen (8-9) by nk, 8 ran.
Hurricane Emerald (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Led, pushed along over 4f out, driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, beaten when hampered well inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Better Be Mine (7-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Damask (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 7l behind Alice's Dancer (9-3) at Leicester 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Outpaced and always towards rear, 9th of 12, 19l behind Samuel Pickwick (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Dr Irv 33-1 (9-0) In last pair, headway and hung left over 3f out, close up briefly, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 22l behind Maastricht (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug.
Bedlam 10-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and hung badly left to far rail over 1f out, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Fiction Or Fact (9-8) at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Blue Top 40-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 10l behind Right Divine (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Keen in touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Red Tyke (8-6) at Ayr 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Tushuk Tash (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 10, 50l behind Cherry Street (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Iberian Rock 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Feelthedifference (9-0) at Beverley 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 11-2fav (9-2) Dwelt in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Regal Gold (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Margo Channing 20-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 18, 7l behind Fiction Or Fact (9-8) at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Cloud Cuckooland (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 11l behind Sir Trevor (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Only A Round (IRE) 150-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 15l behind Glamorous Angel (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.