Muffin McLeay has been raised a harsh-looking 8lb for his recent win at Ripon and Scrapper Smith is 7lb higher than when winning last year's renewal. Voodoo Prince is upped a grade having pulled out all the stops to win his first handicap while Silvery Moon won over a mile at this meeting last year and is only 1lb higher than when scoring at Doncaster last month. Kalk Bay had Suits Me and Las Verglas Star behind when second on fast ground at York last time and Circumvent has a chance with a 5lb claimer helping his cause but CLAYTON is the least exposed in the race and back down in trip after going close behind Scatter Dice at Musselburgh last time - he gets the tentative vote.
Circumvent 16-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Dandino (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 15-8fav (10-0) Pulled hard tracking leaders, switched left to challenge over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon edged right, stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul beating Assizes (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Scrapper Smith (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In rear, headway and not clear run entering final 2f, soon switched right, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Tominator (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd.
Voodoo Prince 8-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway to lead over 1f out, kept on well, driven out, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug beating Barren Brook (9-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Fair Trade 50-1 (9-3) Led, headed 3f out, soon weakened and behind, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind King's Warrior (8-9) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Silvery Moon (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 9l behind Prussian (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Clayton 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, stayed upsides winner until held close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Scatter Dice (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Suits Me 25-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, chased leader until inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places in closing stages, 5th of 16, 4l behind Danadana (10-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 16, 8l behind Danadana (10-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Hillview Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden when not much room over 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 13, 7l behind Edmaaj (9-8) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Mid-division on outside, headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Danadana (10-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.