Eastern Magic won a similar contest over C&D last month but only had a head to spare over the runner-up and is 4lb higher now so it may be worth sticking with Warwick winner HI NOTE. She carries a penalty but Martin Leonard again takes off 7lb and Sheena West's filly has been a model of consistency on the Flat and over hurdles this year. Asterales was second over 2m on the Polytrack in February but all of her other races have been over much shorter trips and her stamina may give out here.
Eastern Magic 9-2 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, headed 4f out, closing in 2nd when checked and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, won at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug beating Lucky Diva (8-8) by hd, 11 ran.
Asterales 16-1 (8-2) Held up in last pair, ridden and headway 3f out, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Sula Two (8-11) at Bath 1m 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Gordon Flash 9-1 (9-4) Close up in chasing group, headway over 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 4th of 10, 12l behind Suzi's A Class Act (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Hi Note 9-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 8f out, led over 4f out, stayed on well, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug beating Musically (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Omid 5-4fav (10-12) Raced wide close up, pushed along over 8f out, soon dropped to rear, never a factor after, 7th of 10, 25l behind Veloso (10-4) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Aug.
Captain Oats (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 5f out, led inside final 3f, headed over 2f out, chased leaders, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Sir Dylan (8-8) at Bath 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.
Tanjung Agas (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Maid Of Meft (9-10) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Neighbourhood (USA) 25-1 (8-13) Led until over 6f out, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 10, 14l behind Madam Lilibet (8-10) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Ray Diamond 33-1 (8-5) Chased leader 3f, close up in 3rd or 4th, went 2nd again 4f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 11, 14l behind Alfraamsey (8-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Party Palace 33-1 (8-0) Mid-division, headway 7f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace entering final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Eastern Magic (8-9) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Cookieshake 28-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went prominent 12f out, led over 8f out, headed 7f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 7th of 11, 50l behind Hi Note (8-13) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.