Roger Charlton was clearly expected to go close as he was sent off favourite, but he was well-beaten in the end to suggest he ran way below form.
It is possible it could have been the ‘bounce factor’ as the Exceed And Excel gelding had won less than two weeks earlier at Newmarket on his first run for 261 days.
Total Commitment has had enough time to get over those latest exertions and returns to a track where he opened her account in December.
Dubrava can follow up a course success eight weeks ago in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Fillies’ Handicap.
The Roger Varian-trained filly got up close home over seven furlongs to land a first career win.
The step up to a mile looks sure to suit the daughter of Dansili.
By Rail shaped well when only beaten half a length by Topology on his first visit to Kempton three weeks ago.
Nick Littmoden’s dual-purpose five-year-old can go one better in the Matchbook Handicap.
Young Fire is of obvious interest in the Legendary Western House Hogmanay Ball Handicap at Ayr.
Formerly trained in France by Freddy Head, the four-year-old was snapped up for 32,000 euros at the Arqana sale at Deauville in early July.
His first couple of runs for David O’Meara were fairly ordinary, but he made it third time lucky for his new connections with a narrow success at Haydock at the start of the month.
Young Fire might be able to follow up off a 3lb higher mark, with the testing conditions sure to suit.
Chaplin Bay can bounce back following a disappointing display on the all-weather at Newcastle by making a triumphant return to turf in division one of the Book Your Christmas Party At Ayr Racecourse Handicap.
Ruth Carr’s seven-year-old is much better judged on previous efforts that included a victory over this seven furlongs in August.
The Navigator can steer his way to success in the Winter Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap.
The Dianne Sayer-trained four-year-old can make light of a 4lb rise for beating Equidae a length at Carlisle three weeks ago.
Ringaringarosie was only caught in the closing stages when beaten half a length by My Renaissance on her last race at Sedgefield.
Martin Todhunter’s mare runs off the same mark in the Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Handicap Chase at the County Durham circuit and can go one better, especially if ridden with more restraint over this longer trip.
Stormy Milan found three and a quarter miles just a shade too far at Fontwell, but will be happier over the three miles of the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Novices’ Handicap Chase at Southwell.
Charlie Longsdon’s charge only faded in the last half-furlong when runner-up to Kings Temptation.
The six-year-old can gain compensation here.
50 The Stalking Moon, 2.
20 Yes You, 2.
50 Manzo Duro, 3.
20 Chaplin Bay, 3.
50 The Big House, 4.
20 Young Fire, 4.
50 The Navigator, 5.
05 Gold Brocade, 2.
35 Mister Trader, 3.
05 Clockers Corner, 3.
35 Insaan, 4.
05 Pincheck, 4.
35 Ecoeye, 5.
05 For Your Eyes, 5.
35 Liars Corner.
10 Swell Song, 5.
40 Mia Diva, 6.
10 Queens Road, 6.
40 Lyricist Voice, 7.
10 Dubrava, 7.
40 TOTAL COMMITMENT (NAP), 8.
10 By Rail.
00 California Soul, 2.
30 Bannixtown Glory, 3.
00 Hatcher, 3.
30 Prancing Oscar, 4.
00 Ringaringarosie, 4.
30 Simply Mani, 5.
10 Centreofexcllence, 2.
40 Stormy Milan, 3.
10 Diomede Des Mottes, 3.
40 Calvinist, 4.
10 Statutario, 4.
DOUBLE: Total Commitment and Global Spirit.
Gold Cup favourite Kemboy was flag-bearer in blue and white colours.
Murphy sets sights on Sandown.
Clonmel Oil success sees star chaser back on track.
Fragile hurdler missed last season.
Saturday prospects hinge on Friday inspection.
Queen’s granddaughter joins racecourse committee.
Favourite Slate House also among 20 declared for big handicap.
All go as Italian fits Lingfield, Japan and Hong Kong into schedule.
Course to hold precautionary check at 3pm on Thursday.
Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo may start at Tramore again.