Puy D'Arnac and John Forbes look badly handicapped now and so we will take a chance with FORREST FLYER ahead of Bollin Judith. Ian Semple's Daylami gelding has some solid form at the track, including a win here in July. The majority of his form has come on a decent surface so he would prefer the ground to dry up, however he is now 3lb below his highest winning mark and should run well. Bollin Judith is a progressive filly however she has a whopping 12lb rise in the weights for her Redcar demolition last time out; this looks tougher. Black Or Red has only run one bad race since his Ffos Las win in July, Danzatrice is a strong traveller who is proven in the mud, whilst Lucinda Russell has her horses in decent nick and Joe Fanning looks an interesting jockey booking for Summer Soul. John Forbes is paying the price with the handicapper for a successful autumn including two wins and two places from his last four starts. Bajan Parkes is nicely handicapped and is a soft ground winner, however it is Forrest Flyer who can take top honours.
Bajan Parkes 7-1 (9-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, kept on from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 11, 12l behind Drum Dragon (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f app clm stks (6) gd.
Puy d'Arnac (FR) 11-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 9l behind Crocus Rose (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
John Forbes 9-1 (9-2) With leader, led after 2f, headed over 6f out, outpaced over 4f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Monahullan Prince (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Summer Soul (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 10l behind Unawatuna (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Sphinx (FR) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, took closer order 10f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 10th of 12, 33l behind Theola (8-8) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Danzatrice 10-1 (9-0) Held up in last place, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 15l behind Theola (8-8) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Black Or Red (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon in mid-division, switched left entering straight to race alone on stands side rail, led overall and kept on well until held by winner far side inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Kokkokila (11-0) at Goodwood 2m hcp (5) gs.
Forrest Flyer (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 19l behind Ecole D'art (8-13) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Bollin Judith 4-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, pushed along and progress 3f out, soon ridden and challenging, led well over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, eased near finish, won at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Abstract Folly (8-12) by 5l, 10 ran.
Perez (IRE) 40-1 (8-2) Towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 29l behind Saluscraggie (8-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (5) gs in Apr '08.
Asrar 33-1 (10-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 29l behind Mister Pete (10-8) at Hamilton 1m 5f Am hcp (6) gs in Sep '08.