Carrying a 6lb penalty and upped in grade, ALMATY EXPRESS wouldn't normally be a strong fancy. However, today's opposition don't exactly get the pulse racing and John Weymes' course specialist can follow up after winning again here last week. Emiratesdotcom won at Ffos Las last month but has struggled off today's higher mark since, but Rainy Night went close here on his penultimate start and had today's rivals Elhamri and Takajan well behind when scoring at Nottingham earlier. Fantasy Fighter looks unlikely to repeat last year's win in this contest given his current poor form.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Chased leader, chased winner briefly inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Bobby's Doll (9-7) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Emiratesdotcom 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind The Name Is Frank (8-7) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Rainy Night 15-2 (9-1) Behind, soon pushed along, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 8l behind Paradise Spectre (9-0) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Elhamri 18-1 (8-10) Held up, switched left and headway well over 1f out, not able to trouble leaders, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Downhill Skier (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Ishetoo 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 14l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Bertie Southstreet 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, eased from 2f out, virtually pulled up, last of 12, 49l behind Francis Albert (8-6) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Takajan (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 20l behind Valmina (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Roman Dancer (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) In touch on outer, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 18l behind George Baker (9-8) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Beautiful Day 8-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Spirit of Coniston (8-12) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Towy Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged over 2f out until entering final furlong, no extra, 6th of 11, 4l behind Earlsmedic (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Always behind, 10th of 12, 8l behind Valmina (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Perlachy 40-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Aldermoor (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Almaty Express 17-2 (9-5) Driven to lead, made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug beating Cadmium Loch (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.