BISHOP'S CASTLE is having his third run in 12 days and tackles heavy ground for the first time but Mark Johnston is clearly anxious to get a win out of the Darley-bred colt. If fully recovered from last week's length-second to A'Juba at Pontefract, he should take all the beating. Surreal has improved since joining Sir Michael Stoute and was third over C&D in August before finishing fifth on her Polytrack debut at Wolverhampton. She may do better in handicaps, however, while Waveguide failed to build on her third here in July in a Newcastle handicap next time. The others have plenty to find if they are to figure.
Blue Eyed Grey (IRE) Desert Style gelding out of Thistle Hill.
Bishop's Castle (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, slightly hampered inside final furlong, driven and stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind A'juba (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs.
Embankment 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 14, 12l behind Net Whizz (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Merevale Selkirk colt out of A Thousand Smiles.
Bladewood Girl 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, one pace final 2f, no impression, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Sword In Hand (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Cape Sky 100-1 (9-3) Behind, struggling halfway, never a factor, 9th of 11, 13l behind Red Hand (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Asia Minor (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride in rear, never on terms, 10th of 15, 19l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs.
Gwenelda 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside to chase leaders halfway, tracked leader going well entering final 3f, soon every chance until ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 9l behind Red Hand (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Sassi Sioux 50-1 (8-12) Started very slowly, always in rear, last of 11, 26l behind Beau Duke (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Surreal (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Representation (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Tiny Thompson Tobougg filly out of Mon Petit Diamant.
Waveguide (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, soon behind, 8th of 9, 22l behind Ryedale Dancer (8-8) at Newcastle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.