COME ON BUCKERS gets the nod in a tricky sprint handicap where Optical Illusion, Bold Ring and Titus Gent are also respected. The last named won on good to soft ground at Thirsk in August but struggled to make an impact in his last two starts. He had a legitimate excuse (bumped near the finish) at Redcar and, from a 1lb lower mark; he could easily bounce back at this level. Bold Ring was behind the selection when they met at Kempton last month and has a bit to find on a literal reading of that form. However, she has been in good heart since and is entitled to get closer this time around. Optical Illusion is a consistent type and, having won at Hamilton during the summer, he does know what to do when he gets his head in front. However, he also has a habit of throwing in the towel and would never be one for maximum confidence. Come On Buckers, on the other hand, loves nothing more than a battle and we can expect him to be very hard to peg back if he gets another flyer from the gates today.
Fyodor (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 5l behind Billy Red (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Bold Ring 20-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, went 3rd soon after, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Abhainn (8-4) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Fortina's Boy (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 13l behind Tamasou (9-8) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Come On Buckers (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Made all, ridden over 1f out, in command when eased final strides, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep beating If Only (8-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 4-1fav (8-10) Held up in rear, pulled hard, not clear run on inside over 2f out or well over 1f out, trying to close when hampered 1f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 11, 8l behind Weet A Surprise (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Shakespeare's Son 9-2 (9-6) Dwelt, held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Boundless Applause (8-4) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Exceed Elegance (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Scrapper Smith (8-10) at Carlisle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Titus Gent 7-2 (9-6) Dwelt, soon in touch, driven along 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 7l behind Welsh Opera (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Philmack Dot Com 28-1 (9-3) Steadied after start, settled behind, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 6l behind Strong Storm (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Mayoman (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and effort on inside, over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind La Gifted (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
One Cool Kitty 16-1 (9-0) In touch, wide and headway to chase leaders to halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Come On Buckers (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Running Flush (USA) 11-1 (9-3) Broke well, tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Abhainn (8-7) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Optical Illusion (USA) 11-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Clumber Place (8-4) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.