Maid Of Meft, Forrest Flyer and Mafeteng were all winning lower grade handicaps on their latest starts. Upped in class today, they may struggle getting to grips with GABRIAL'S STAR. Bryan Smart's colt went very close in this grade at Ripon on his first attempt at 2m and the three-year-old has more scope than most of these. Lexington Bay is not out of this having been placed in better company at Nottingham on his penultimate start but both Spruzzo and Up Ten Down Two are others facing much stiffer tasks than of late.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Edmaaj (9-8) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
French Hollow 40-1 (8-2) Took keen hold, always towards rear, 12th of 16, 15l behind Olympiad (8-10) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Riptide 10-1 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 6f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 24l behind Body Language (9-3) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Odin's Raven (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear on outer, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 19, 10l behind Crackentorp (10-13) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Gabrial's Star 25-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, pushed along over 7f out, headway and not much room over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kep ton, never dangerous, 5th of 16, 8l behind Guarantee (9-4) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Maid Of Meft 18-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Solar View (8-11) by nk, 9 ran.
Mafeteng 11-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on outer to chase leader over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Bohemian Rhapsody (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Forrest Flyer (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, joined 5f out, ridden and headed narrowly inside final 2f, rallied to regain lead final 100 yards, stayed on well towards finish, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug beating Vittachi (9-7) by 1l, 6 ran.
Spruzzo 11-4fav (9-10) Led, pushed along 4f out, headed over 3f out, kept on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Generous Dream (9-6) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Up Ten Down Two (IRE) 10-3fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 3f out, driven to challenge from over 1f out, ran on but always looked held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Phantom Ranch (8-8) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.