A modest handicap that doesn't lack for entries and FLEETING FASHION could be worth chancing at the odds. Michael Appleby's filly ran as if in need of her reappearance at Leicester, but she'd shaped with promise last summer and any rain would be to her benefit. Madrasa is unpenalised for his victory in an apprentices' race at Redcar and Keith Reveley's gelding should run his race. Gosforth Park is interesting on his return from absence and Mel Brittain's seven-year-old is the only course and distance winner in the field. Bavarian Nordic ran his best race for some time at Beverley and is just 1lb above his last winning mark. Tim Walford's stable have been among the winners of late so don't dismiss a big run from Blue Top.
Exning Halt 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, soon mid-division, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Oetzi (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Gosforth Park 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, headway to lead over 4f out, headed over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on to lead again closing stages, all out, won at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep beating Pertuis (8-11) by nk, 8 ran.
Badea 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 7, 19l behind Mankini (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Madrasa (IRE) 2-1fav (9-11) Tracked leader, driven over 2f out, led 1f out, soon clear, ran on well, won at Redcar 1m 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Sally Friday (9-6) by 4l, 10 ran.
Wyldfire (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Broughton (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Bavarian Nordic (USA) 16-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Blue Top 17-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 10l behind Gucci D'oro (10-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Fleeting Fashion 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until entering final 3f, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 19l behind Reset City (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Princeofthedesert 66-1 (8-6) In touich, took keen hold, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 7l behind Mr Snoozy (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Grammar 22-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Gucci D'oro (10-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Darakti (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, ridden 4f out, soon lost place and behind, last of 10, 24l behind Chant (9-6) at Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Niknad 6-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 10l behind Wadacre Sarko (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.