The apprentices bring the curtain down with the promising Garry Whillans taken to score on ROYAL SWAIN. The former bumper winner has been absent for over 100 days but with the Swinbank yard back in good heart he makes plenty of appeal. He showed up well on all outings in the spring, notably when an excellent fifth here when last seen behind some very useful middle distance and staying sorts. The Fahey-Topliss combination scored with Antiguan Sunrise in this contest last year and Red Jade looks a strong contender to follow suit. An absence of over 270 days is a concern but he does go well fresh. Fossgate's winning spree may be over for the time being, with the improving Broughtons Paradis and in-form Carragold looking likelier sorts.
Comedy Act 28-1 (8-11) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 16, 36l behind Dazinski (8-13) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Red Jade 10-3 (9-9) Raced wide, in touch in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 16l behind Hidden Glory (9-0) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec.
Royal Swain (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, hampered after 3f, headway centre 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 16, 4l behind Tepmokea (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Cotton King 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 8f out, no chance final 2f, weakened to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Megalala (9-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f ldy hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Fossgate 9-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 8, 8l behind Ailsa Craig (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Magic Echo 33-1 (9-6) Held up in last, behind over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 25l behind Red Fama (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Broughtons Paradis (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Sonoran Sands (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Urban Space 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, went 3rd 4f out, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Colinca's Lad (8-7) at Windsor 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Ejteyaaz 9-2 (9-9) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 9l behind Grandad Bill (8-12) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Alsahil (USA) 33-1 (8-10) Led, headed 4f out, weakened well over 1f out, 17th of 18, 26l behind Ashbrittle (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Jacob Mccandles 28-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, shaken up over 3f out, never nearer, 5th of 9, 12l behind Gulf of Naples (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.
Carragold 11-2 (9-3) In touch, switched outside 3f out, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Unknown Rebel (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.