Dandy Nicholls won this 12 months ago with Redford and saddles Nasri, who beat Atlantic Sport over 6f at Hamilton last month, under a penalty this year. Hawkeyethenoo landed a valuable handicap over C&D in the spring and Smarty Socks landed a similar contest here four weeks ago and is very consistent, but David O'Meara's charge may struggle to confirm that form with fourth PASTORAL PLAYER on 7lb worse terms. Hughie Morrison's gelding has been running really well in these big handicaps and was noted staying on strongly into fifth behind the principals in last month's Ayr Gold Cup after meeting trouble in running. A couple of pounds lower now, he makes plenty of appeal today. Eton Forever ran another solid race when second to Man Of Action at Doncaster but the drop in distance may not be in his favour so the pick of the remainder could be Decent Fella, who hasn't run a bad race all season and is only 3lb higher than when holding on well at Goodwood last time.
Dream Eater (IRE) (9-6) 4th of 8, 7l behind Musir (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
The Cheka (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Led early, tracked leader, led again well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Premio Loco (9-4) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Below Zero (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Chased leaders stands side, ridden 3f out, lost place over 1f out, soon behind, eased over 1f out, last of 26, 37l behind Our Jonathan (9-6) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division stands side, driven 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, never near leaders, 10th of 26, 8l behind Our Jonathan (9-6) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Eton Forever (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, led just over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Man Of Action (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Nasri 15-8fav (8-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged left when pressed inside final furlong, driven out, won at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) sft in Sep beating Atlantic Sport (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Casual Glimpse 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Man Of Action (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Dwelt towards rear, headway 2f out, led 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Gramercy (9-2) by 1l, 15 ran.
Pastoral Player 18-1 (9-4) Mid-division stands side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 26, 4l behind Our Jonathan (9-6) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Imperial Guest 9-2 (8-9) Held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Royal Rock (8-9) at Yarmouth 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Sep.
Webbow (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway to challenge over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Eton Rifles (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Joe Packet 20-1 (9-2) Held up in last pair, headway far side over 1f out, went 3rd 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Chilworth Lad (8-13) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Sep.
Parisian Pyramid (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Led far side group, headed by that group over 2f out, soon weakened, 20th of 24, 16l behind Cheveton (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Decent Fella (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, carried slightly left inside final 2f, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep beating Wake Up Call (9-3) by hd, 14 ran.
Manassas (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Pulled hard in rear, always behind, 14th of 15, 15l behind Eton Rifles (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Atlantic Sport (USA) 5-2 (8-9) Held up in rear but intouch, effort when not much room over 2f out, ridden and challenged when squeezed for room and bumped inside final furlong, switched right and kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Nasri (8-9) at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) sft in Sep.
Golden Desert (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden and quicken to lead well inside final furlong, edged right and ran on, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep beating Mia's Boy (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Al Khaleej (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and effort on outside over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 14, 2l behind Decent Fella (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.