Most of these look pretty exposed. Classic Punch has tumbled down the weights this year but doesn't look the force of old and C&D winner Aldwick Bay has gone back up another 2lb for finishing second over a longer trip here a fortnight ago. Monte Cavallo went close in faster ground at Newbury back in August but Lieutenant Kojak is at his best with plenty of cut and makes more appeal. Snow Trooper had Main Line behind when runner-up over a mile here a fortnight ago but a punt is taken on LANCASTER GATE making a winning return to action as he has more scope for improvement.
Splendid Light 11-2 (9-6) Keen close up, ridden and carried head high over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Little Rocky (9-10) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Aldwick Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 16, nk behind Scottish Boogie (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Classic Punch (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) With leader, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3l behind Dick Doughtywylie (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gd in Sep.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 25-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong and closed on winner, always held, 2nd of 15, nk behind Lily In Pink (10-0) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Parigino (FR) 14-1 (8-12) 4th of 16, 1/2l behind Hail Holy Queen (8-10) at Compiegne(FR) 1m 3yo hcp gs in Jun '11.
Lieutenant Kojak 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 9, 11l behind Lady Kashaan (8-1) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Sep.
Freddy Q (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway on outside and pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 10, 13l behind Nicholascopernicus (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Snow Trooper 4-1fav (9-3) In touch, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Myboyalfie (9-3) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Pivotman 14-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Art Scholar (9-10) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Avon River 4-5fav (9-6) Led 1f, settled in close 3rd, kidded into narrow lead inside final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Kempton 1m 3f clm stks (6) pol in Oct '11 beating Langley (9-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Presburg (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 3f out, plugged on past beaten horses 2f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 17l behind Signed Up (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Choral Festival 16-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 17, 8l behind Consider Yourself (9-3) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) sft.
Lancaster Gate 12-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on outside to chase leaders 7f out, weakened entering final 3f, last of 9, 13l behind Freddy Q (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Main Line 4-1fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 5l behind Myboyalfie (9-3) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.