Sir Michael Stoute is striking while the iron is hot with STOMACHION, who looked as though he may have been a blot on the handicap at Salisbury last week and so it proved. Having his first start in a handicap and on testing ground, he saw off a persistent challenge from Kastini with the remainder in another parish. A 6lb penalty shouldn't stop him despite taking on some in-form rivals. The Ducking Stool has won five times in her career, all on this track, though her best form has been on quicker ground than she'll face this time. Layline won this last year and is just 2lb higher despite a recent success on very testing ground at Ffos Las. Size has some decent form and isn't badly treated, though his three victories have all come on fast going, while Mistral Wind showed that her turn wasn't far off with a very good run at Windsor last week.
Thecornishcowboy 10-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakening when not much room over 1f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, 11l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) gf.
Layline (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders and no impression over 1f out, run flattened out final furlong, 4th of 14, 9l behind Calculated Risk (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
The Ducking Stool 10-1 (8-7) Tracked leading trio, effort on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led final 100 yards, won going away, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep beating Shalwa (9-5) by 1l, 5 ran.
Red Pilgrim (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hassle (9-13) at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Zenarinda 12-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, weakened well over 2f out, eased over 1f out, 6th of 8, well behind Gone Dutch (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gf in Sep.
Size (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Jordaura (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Mcbirney (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway when hung left 2f out, ridden to press winner when switched left over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Handheld (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Stomachion (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy beating Kastini (9-2) by 1l, 7 ran.
Near Time 9-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden and switched left 2f out, close 3rd over 1f out, kept on, unable to quite challenge, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Diamond Mine (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol.
Warrigal (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Soon led and set steady pace, ridden and joined 2f out, disputing 2nd until headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 9l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Favorite Girl (GER) 7-2 (8-12) Raced wide close up, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Blades Lad (8-13) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Raamz (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Slowly away, headway to go close up after 2f out, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 32l behind Handheld (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Mistral Wind (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, headway 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Magika (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.