Jonnie Skull has solid claims on his best form but is becoming increasingly hard to predict, while Annes Rocket keeps finding at least one too good including today's rival PYTHEAS last month. The latter didn't cope with the drop back to 6f last time, but looked to have a bit in hand when scoring over track and trip before that and Michael Attwater's charge gets the vote. Valeo Si Vales is hard to win with but has place claims, as does the inconsistent Peter Tchaikovsky if he's in the mood. Putin could also make the frame if taking part but was engaged to run at Kempton yesterday.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Caldermud (9-7) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Led early, pressed leader, led again 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, nk behind Dichoh (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Pytheas (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and effort on outside well over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Full Shilling (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Valeo Si Vales (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Magic Cross (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Ace Master 17-2 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 5l behind Royal Bajan (9-0) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Peter Tchaikovsky 7-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and effort on outside over 3f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra, 9th of 11, 9l behind Pytheas (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Yungaburra (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Led until over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 9l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Shaws Diamond (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Prominent, led after 1f, clear 4f out, edged left and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Fedora (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Spirit Of Dixie 16-1 (8-9) Prominent, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 19l behind Almaty Express (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Putin (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, edged left and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 11l behind Justbookie Dot Com (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Kristollini 12-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 3rd 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Monashee Rock (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Ereka (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 14l behind Spirit Of Oakdale (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.