Ela Goog La Mou went close in soft ground at Brighton last month while Collodi ploughed through the mud to beat Uncle Dermot at Windsor last week. The top weight carries a penalty for that and another recent winner at Windsor, MAGIQUE, makes more appeal. She's up 3lb but is dropping down a grade for this. Kung Hei Fat Choy ran well in heavy going when fourth at Catterick but has yet to win on Turf and Barwick makes more appeal back on a winning mark having landed a double here last season.
Collodi (GER) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy beating Uncle Dermot (9-1) by 3l, 8 ran.
Barwick 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Thouwra (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Al Freej (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Keen in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Chiswick Bey (8-0) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 22-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden when came stand side over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Showboating (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy.
Silver Alliance 25-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m (5) gd.
Magique (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway on far side over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Rainbow Beauty (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Kyllachy Star 9-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Johnno (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Pelmanism 14-1 (8-0) Chased leaders weakened well over 2f out, 10th of 25, 6l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Ted's Brother (IRE) 8-1 (7-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 13, 3l behind Ingleby Symphony (8-0) at Ayr 1m hcp (3) sft.
Gift Of Silence 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, never involved, 10th of 11, 9l behind Rufoof (9-5) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) gf.
Hidden Talent 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders near side, ridden along halfway, kept on under pressure into 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Beckermet (9-5) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon driven clear, headed approaching final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Collodi (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Ela Goog La Mou 12-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held on, 2nd of 11, hd behind Who's That Chick (8-9) at Brighton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.