A winner at Southwell last month, ST IGNATIUS had scored over track and trip before that. He ran below par in a higher grade handicap last time but is fancied to come out best back in this lesser company. Noguchi landed a couple of claimers on the all-weather last year but hasn't raced since June and Salisbury winner Dunhoy is another returning from a lengthy absence. Oratorio's Joy is 4lb higher than when winning over a shorter trip here last month and may figure, but Lexington Bay's best form of late has been over 2m.
Dunhoy (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Held up in last pair and well off the pace, plugged on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 10, 10l behind Good Evans (8-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
St Ignatius 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced on outside over 4f out, soon ridden, no chance with leaders, weakened 2f out, 4th of 7, 11l behind Masterful Act (9-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs.
Noguchi (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 27l behind Continuum (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Blue Wave (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Modernism (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Oratorio's Joy (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Broke well, soon chasing leaders, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 8l behind Blue Wave (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Lilac Tree 10-3fav (8-12) Keen led early, tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Arr' Kid (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, reminders 5f out, lost place 3f out, 7th of 8, 21l behind Sunblazer (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.