FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS ran well against much higher rated rivals when fourth behind Lockantanks in a C&D claimer last week and a repeat effort would be good enough to land this. Inpursuitoffreedom and Iceblast arrive on the back of recent wins with the latter loking more likely to make light of a penalty while Powerful Pierre went close at Pontefract last time albeit over a shorter trip. Lastkingofscotland and Striker Torres are both capable at this level though the former has been some way short of his best of late.
Striker Torres (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Copperwood (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Fishforcompliments 16-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on final 100 yards, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Lockantanks (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Close up, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 12l behind Saharia (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Reposer (IRE) 18-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Prince Of Sorrento (9-4) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Sir Bruno (FR) 5-4fav (9-9) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Inpursuitoffreedom 8-1 (9-6) Held up off the pace towards rear, smooth headway over 2f out, squeezed throuht to track leaders on bit over 1f out, shaken up to lead just inside final furlong, cleverly, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Cobbs Quay (8-13) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Iceblast 12-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden halfway, headway on outer over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Red Shadow (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Muhandis (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, effort on wide outside over 1f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, ran on towards finish, unable to reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Powerful Pierre 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and switched right over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 14, hd behind Ryedane (8-7) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Imaginary World (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway to chased leaders halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 7l behind Raheeba (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Sep.
Admiralty 7-2 (9-7) Raced wide early, headway to lead after 1f, clear 3f out, ridden and reduced lead over 1f out, weakened and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Twin Shadow (8-13) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 13l behind Shamrocked (9-2) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.