MARCHING TIME can get back on the right track in this company. Prime Exhibit, Debrass and Russian Jar complete (a difficult to compile) shortlist. In truth, not too many of the others can be confidently ruled out of this highly competitive handicap. But money in the ring to back up the claims held by Shavansky would also be noteworthy. The last named ran a cracker in the Cambridgeshire but a 6lb higher mark may find him out here. Russian Jar represents a yard that will be still celebrating a big win at Ascot at the weekend - a result that underlines the return to form of Michael Jarvis' string. This fellow is no Rakti but he can make the rest aware of his presence today. Debrass has a tough task at the weights but is a consistent performer and usually tries his heart out. The more rain the better for him; so it may be a good idea to check an updated weather forecast before diving in with the top weight. Prime Exhibit also acts well with cut in the ground and a good case can be stated in his favour. However, Marching Time is much better than he showed from a bad draw at Ascot last month and, as the mount of Ryan Moore is likely to be suited by the anticipated strong pace, he has is taken to bounce back today.
Derbaas (USA) 18-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, effort and every chance well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Confront (9-5) at Haydock 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Sep.
Signor Peltro 20-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, switched left and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 15th of 28, 4 1/2l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Secrecy 13-2 (8-8) Dwelt, held up, effort over 2f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Manassas (8-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Salden Licht 66-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Gitano Hernando (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Sep.
Huzzah (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, never nearer, 7th of 10, 5l behind Elna Bright (8-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Vitznau (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Mid-division, looking for room inside final 2f, never dangerous, 19th of 28, 7l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Marching Time 7-1fav (8-11) Mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, soon beaten, last of 28, 16l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Prince Of Dance 7-4 (9-3) Started slowly, held up, chased leaders 2f out, quicken to lead just over 1f out, edged right, soon drew clear, pushed out comfortably, won at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (4) gs in May beating Ermine And Velvet (8-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Bolodenka (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 12, 6l behind Extraterrestrial (9-2) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Shavansky 100-1 (8-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, hard driven to challenge over 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, 5th of 32, 3l behind Supaseus (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf.
Prime Exhibit 2-1fav (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Harrison George (9-4) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Dubai Dynamo 20-1 (9-1) Saddle slipped soon after start, pulled up 5f out, in a race won by Riggins (9-3) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May, 11 ran.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Marajaa (9-8) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Stevie Gee (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, outpaced over 4f out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Moheebb (10-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Russian Jar (IRE) 3-1 (8-4) Steadied start, held up, pushed along and headway on outside 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, no impression after, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Akhenaten (8-10) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Pride of Nation (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) In touch, chased leaders 3f out, soon hanging right, lost touch and weakened quickly over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, 30l behind Grand Vizier (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.