Goodness was well ahead of Grey Command when second on his reappearance at Newcastle but is still a maiden and 2lb higher here. Embsay Crag made late headway into third at Catterick 11 day ago and has to go on the short-list with the softer ground in his favour but Southern State seems best on an artificial surface and this may be a shade too far for veteran Veiled Applause. Pontefract second Ay Tay Tate has already had a busy year but there should be more to come from KORNGOLD, who won a Chepstow handicap on similar going last year and is lightly-raced. John Dunlop has a terrific strike rate with the few runners he sends up from his Arundel base and the selection is his only representative today.
Alsahil (USA) 17-2 (8-12) Soon led, headed 4f out, chased leader until inside final 3f, weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 29l behind Trip The Light (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Oct.
Southern State (USA) 4-1 (8-12) Went right start, towards rear, ridden on outside 3f out, soon beaten, eased final furlong, last of 10, 25l behind Camborne (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
King Of The Celts (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Raced wide towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 15th of 19, 14l behind Shamdarley (9-6) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Amazing Blue Sky 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 16th of 17, 40l behind Media Hype (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Korngold 2-1fav (8-12) Mid-division on inside, ridden and effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind Covert Decree (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Goodness 16-1 (9-4) Soon led, driven and headed over 1f out, soon hampered by winner, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Lifetime (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Veiled Applause 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to 4th closing stages, not pace to threaten, 4th of 17, 6l behind Media Hype (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Embsay Crag 7-1 (8-10) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Chilly Filly (9-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Grey Command (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Led early, tracked leader, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, well behind Lifetime (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Ay Tay Tate (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Media Hype (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sartingo (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, towards rear when steadied off heels 8f out, headway and hung left from over 1f out, plugged on past beten horses inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 8l behind Media Hype (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Jawaab (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 20l behind Golden Future (8-10) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.