This handicap can go the way of COMPTON CLASSIC who is taken to get the better of Figaro Flyer and Music Box Express. Jim Boyle's seven-year-old was only narrowly beaten by Street Power at Lingfield last time and that form reads well in the context of this race. If he can run up to that level again then he should take all the beating. Figaro Flyer has been showing a decent level of consistency of late but he may just be a little high in the weights. He should run his race, but we expect him to find at least one too good. Music Box Express is interesting as he shaped with promise on his return from a break last time and if he can build on that then he would be capable of getting competitive. Count Ceprano is dropped in trip which will not be a problem, but he has had a heavy schedule and he may benefit from a break. In an open event, Compton Classic is the selection.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Held up, headway 5f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Flowing Cape (8-13) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol.
Figaro Flyer (IRE) 10-3fav (9-4) Towards rear, driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Back In The Red (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Bahamian Lad 40-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 25l behind Hilbre Court (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Music Box Express 12-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, led, pushed along over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2l behind Grand Palace (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Strathmore (IRE) 15-8 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Grimes Faith (8-12) at Southwell 5f sll (6) fbs.
Gainshare 25-1 (8-2) In rear, kept on final 2f, 5th of 10, 7l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Compton Classic 10-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Street Power (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.