Emerald Wilderness sprang a 33/1 surprise over 1m2f here just over two weeks ago but conditions will be a lot more testing today and he also has further to cover. Samarkand still looks too high in the weights while Rawaki gets no respite from the handicapper despite having failed to win since his debut on the Polytrack in June last year. Dual Sandown winner Quixote needs to step up again if he's to complete his hat-trick but Uriah Heep should continue on the upgrade now he's got his head in front and Representation made a winning reappearance at Wolverhampton, though doesn't look particularly well treated on his handicap debut. FULGUR has faced some very stiff tasks this year but his only poor run came when he failed to stay 1m5f at Newmarket in August. Now only a pound higher than when beating the useful Mijhaar last July, he can return to winning ways here.
Fulgur 14-1 (8-12) Took keen hold in touch, effort on outside and pushed along 3f lout, ridden and chased leaders 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 8th of 16, 6l behind Labarinto (9-1) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Rawaki (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd inside final 3f, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Rule Book (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep beating Watered Silk (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
All Annalena (IRE) (8-13) 98th of 18 Racemate (8-8) at Fontainebleau(FR) 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) sft in Nov.
Samarkand (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Malekov (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Representation (USA) 13-2 (9-4) Behind, pushed along over 4f out, good headway and wide straight chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, hung right well inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Kota Sas (9-10) by 2l, 11 ran.
Uriah Heep (FR) 15-8fav (9-3) Held up in last trio in early stages, steady headway to go handy 4th 7f out, went 2nd over 4f out, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep beating Claude Monet (8-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Quixote 15-2 (8-13) Dwelt, soon in mid-division, steady headway on inside 3f out, squeezed throght 2f out, soon challenging, went 2nd over 1f out, took narrow lead final 100 yards, all out, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Pilgrims Rest (9-0) by shd, 13 ran.
Layline (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Ethics Girl (9-6) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.