One of a number of bad staying contests that are filling the racing programme at present but we will try GO FREE at the expense of Drum Major and Colonel Flay. John O'Shea's charge is rated just 45 but it could be a case that he is well in as he had rated 110+ over hurdles during the summer. Drum Major does not stay two miles but had shaped with promise over 1m5f under similar going. Colonel Flay was third off this mark in a similar contest and does at least appear to be holding his form. Top Ticket was much higher rated when trained by David Simcock and has been handed a significant drop since joining David Pipe. Regal Angel and Whaxaar are better known to followers of all weather racing. Theologist is from a stout middle distance family though appears not to be particularly able on what we have seen thus far. Crocus Rose seems to have improved for stepping up in trip and did not do too much wrong when finding one too good on heavy going at Haydock. A race where bets are recommended at minimum stakes and for the winner, Go Free is put forward in acknowledgement of that.
Colonel Flay 4-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Saborido (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Top Ticket (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mainly in rear, 12th of 15, 18l behind Recession Proof (10-7) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Drum Major (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) In touch, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 7l behind Shesha Bear (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Regal Angel 11-4 (9-2) Led 2f, tracked leader after, ridden over 3f out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Enlightenment (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Whaxaar (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, soon outpaced, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Miss Serena (9-2) at Great Leighs 2m hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Theologist (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind The Last Don (9-11) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Crocus Rose 5-2 (9-0) In touch, led 6f out, challenged from 2f out, driven, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Deauville Flyer (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Jul.
Lilac Wine 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leader early, lost place over 6f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 10, 4l behind Tiger Tee (8-5) at Wolverhampton 2m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Go Free 16-1 (8-8) Restrained leaving stalls, always in rear, 9th of 10, 19l behind Lupita (8-1) at Bath 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Apr '08.
The Composer 28-1 (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along 5f, headway 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 10, 14l behind Black Or Red (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Lady Maya 20-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 5l behind Hollow Green (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Silver Surprise 100-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 13l behind Doggerbank (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Improper (USA) 16-1 (8-0) Chased leaders until weakened quickly over 2f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Penang Cinta (10-0) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.