Mark Brisbourne's Belle Royale has been in good form of late and has conditions to suit but she is probably in the grip of the handicapper now so looks best left out of calculations with a better option looking to be BUNCE. Richard Hannon's colt is only 1lb higher than when scoring at Goodwood on similarly soft ground last time and has an obvious chance of following up that success. Loki's Revenge should be thereabouts again but was beaten off this mark last month and of more interest may be Ann Duffield's lightly raced Zenella, who should be open to improvement after just two outings. Peter Chapple-Hyam's Little Lion Man is another worthy of consideration but it is hard to get away from Bunce.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Pulled hard, soon led, headed halfway, soon hard ridden, weakened under pressure well over 1f out, 4th of 5, 9l behind Krypton Factor (9-0) at Sandown 5f 2yo stks (3) gd in Sep.
Zenella 4-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, last of 3, 1 1/4l behind Pausanias (9-0) at Kempton 7f cond stks (3) pol in Sep.
Belle Royale (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Bumped start, held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 27l behind Magic Casement (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Little Lion Man 22-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, lost place 2f out, last of 5, 13l behind Hooray (9-2) at Kempton 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) pol in Sep.
Bunce (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep beating Tipsy Girl (9-1) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Loki's Revenge 9-4fav (8-9) Mid-division on inside, ridden and effort to chase leaders inside final 2f, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Foghorn Leghorn (9-2) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Red Marling (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, effort to chase winner 3f out to 2f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 21l behind Genius Beast (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.