Another impossible-looking handicap to end proceedings. EMERALD WILDERNESS finally took advantage of a tumbling mark to end his drought in an apprentices' race at Kempton last week. He doesn't get a penalty for that and is still well treated on his old form on turf so is probably the one to beat, though isn't one to take too short a price about. The three-year-olds John Biscuit, Muqtarrib and Eastern Breeze are all worth a second glance, though the latter's easy Windsor win may not amount to much. Rock Anthem has won this for the last two years and is a pound lower than when successful 12 months ago. It looks as though he's been prepared for a hat-trick bid and a market move would be highly significant, though a high draw could be difficult to overcome unless the leaders plot a wide course into the straight. Focail Eile and Daneside looks best of the rest.
Hurricane Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Held up 6th in steadily run race, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Starwatch (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
First Cat 4-1fav (9-9) In rear, hampered over 5f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 11, 3l behind Take It To The Max (9-5) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Mid-division in touch, driven and headway 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on between horses inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Den's Gift (8-13) by 1l, 9 ran.
Peponi 5-1 (8-11) Mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 16l behind Elliptical (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul '10.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, weakened over 4f out, eased over 2f out, last of 8, 44l behind Pat's Legacy (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Caldercruix (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression on leaders final 125 yards, 4th of 13, 4l behind Catchanova (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
John Biscuit (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Held up in 5th, headway over 3f out, hung left under pressure over 2f out, stayed on to modest 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Weapon Of Choice (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Eastern Breeze (IRE) 3-10fav (8-12) Made all, in command when edged left over 1f out, pushed along and drifted left inside final furlong, kept on strongly, eased close home, won at Windsor 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug beating Russian Affair (9-3) by 5l, 6 ran.
Salient 10-1 (9-9) Led until over 7f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 15l behind Orientalist (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Focail Eile 18-1 (8-7) In touch on outside, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well final 110 yards, won at Musselburgh 1m hcp (4) gd beating Imperator Augustus (8-1) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Rock Anthem (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Catchanova (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Muqtarrib (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Direct Answer (9-11) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Prince Of Sorrento 14-1 (8-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Pat's Legacy (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Hip Hip Hooray 10-1 (8-12) Held up in 6th, stayed far side in straight, pushed along and struggling 3f out, tailed off and eased, 7th of 8, 32l behind Red Inca (8-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Daneside (IRE) 15-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Quite A Catch (9-4) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Forks 11-1 (9-6) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 26l behind Diverting (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Cahala Dancer (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, under pressure over 4f out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 7l behind Miss Bootylishes (9-5) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.