Stir Trader struck the crossbar in four maidens on Turf before finally getting off the mark over 6f here. The assessor hasn't been hard on him and another furlong shouldn't prove a problem. LIGHT FROM MARS won the Newbury Spring Cup last year off a mark of 97 but hadn't won subsequently and had plummeted down the weights as a consequence before taking advantage over the C&D last time and, with just a 4lb rise to contend, with can complete a quick double. Chokidar was in fine form around this time a year ago and was having his first start since scoring here in December when a close third at Goodwood in August. He'll make a bold bid under his promising claimer while it's about time Buckland was losing his maiden tag and he ran really well the last time he performed on this track.
Chokidar (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not much room just inside 6f out, ridden over 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Bravo Echo (9-7) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Buckland (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, every chance 1f out, tightened up briefly inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 7, 3l behind Hurricane Lady (9-9) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Light From Mars 13-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Dozy Joe (9-2) by hd, 12 ran.
Elsie's Orphan 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 12l behind Don Libre (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Cyflymder (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Frozen Over (9-1) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Stir Trader (IRE) 1-6fav (9-3) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, pressed over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep beating Gran Canaria Queen (8-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Amazon Twilight 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Tom Sawyer (9-1) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Mcmonagle (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 10, 9l behind Steel Stockholder (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Gap Princess (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 12l behind Midnight Dynamo (9-1) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Big Wave (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Links Drive Lady (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Chookie Avon 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden and went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Steel Stockholder (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Summer Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (9-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 14, 8l behind Drive Home (8-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.