A victory in last year's renewal was the last time INCENDO got his head in front. But he went close went sent over to France last month and looks set to come out best in this once again. Perennial just failed to score over track and trip when dropped down to this level last time and has every chance. He's preferred to Arabian Star who has claims at the weights but something to prove stepping up in distance. In contrast, Meetings Man looks to need a longer trip nowadays while the remainder have a bit to find on today's terms.
Arabian Star (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 15, 18l behind Swiftly Done (9-7) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Incendo (9-1) 3rd of 13, hd behind Kissavos (8-11) at Fontainebleau(FR) 1m 5f clm stks gs in Sep.
Perennial 5-4fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, smooth headway to challenge over 2f out, driven to lead narrowly inside final 2f, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mungo Park (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Meetings Man (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Pushed along leaving stalls, in rear, ridden over 2f out, plugged on final furlong, no chance, 8th of 13, 6l behind Uphold (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Toughness Danon 11-8fav (8-13) Well away, very reluctant to race and reminders, well behind, headway and in touch in rear halfway, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, hung left and ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Nolecce (8-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul.
Sherman McCoy 13-2 (9-0) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Sunny Future (8-13) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Global Recovery (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Spanish Plume (9-4) at Bath 1m 4f app hcp (6) fm in Aug.