Racing: Answer is to be found In Question

PUNTERS' GUIDE: The former top jump jockey Steve Smith Eccles analyses today's Imperial Cup
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Effectual: Ran creditably in the Tote Gold Trophy and has each- way claims.

Sir Talbot: Live each-way prospect on his best form but the ground may be now against him.

Alabang: Made late headway on his reappearance at Sedgefield before blundering at the last but others are preferred.

Road Racer: Out with the washing at Doncaster over an extended two miles.

Dr Jazz: The only runner from Martin Pipe's four original entries, he showed plenty of promise when caught at the last by The Fly at Newbury and must go close.

In Question: Useful middle-distance performer on the Flat who holds Cheltenham Festival engagements. Worthy favourite, though he lacks experience.

Call My Guest: Fell when fancied in a handicap hurdle over an extra half- mile. Up in class.

Coulthard: Disappointing favourite for Doncaster handicap.

Regency Rake: Fifth last year and suited by soft ground but has shown no form this season.

Siren Song: No serious chance.

Samanid: Unreliable and likely to make mistakes.

Time For Action: A consistent servant in his own class but little chance here.

Conclusion: IN QUESTION ran his division of a Ludlow novice hurdle half a second faster than fellow winner Ballysicyos, and carried 17lb more. He is open to further improvement and can overcome his lack of experience. Dr Jazz looks sure to be in the shake-up.

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