Loud carries a penalty for last week's win over 7f and Bogsnog won over the same distance here in October. The latter has since finished behind POINT NORTH over track and trip and John Balding's charge gets the nod in this given he just failed to land a gamble last time after failing to get a clear run. Invigilator and Layla's Hero have both won less competitive races this year while Go Far is still burdened with 6lb extra for an earlier win over course and distance and has been beaten off today's mark since.
Intrepid (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 28l behind Kyllachy Rise (9-5) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Loud 11-4 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led approaching final furlong, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Sofias Number One (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Bogsnog (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden and edged left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Powerful Pierre (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Go Far 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Spellmaker (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Top Cop 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 9l behind Spellmaker (8-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Point North (IRE) 9-4fav (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Powerful Pierre (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Invigilator 16-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up in last pair, last and plenty to do 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Sweet Talking Guy (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Slowly into stride, reminders, driven and headway on outside at halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.