This looks to be a really tricky little race to fathom out with little decent form on the card, but the improving TIGER DREAM could land the spoils, ahead of Ultimate Respect and Nuit Sombre. Kevin Ryan's gelding will probably appreciate the slight step down in trip after being narrowly beaten over a mile last time out. He doesn't have the greatest of draws, but has overcome such a handicap in the past, and looks reasonably treated having previously been rated in the high 80s. Mark Johnston's Ultimate Respect will also probably appreciate a shorter trip than last time out. Less exposed, he's on an upwards curve and entered for a better race than this at Haydock on Friday. Nuit Sombre is better drawn and one of only two course and distance winners in the field, having landed the corresponding race two years ago. Over the years he's rewarded backers consistently, but the last of his 11 wins came at the back end of 2007, since when he's only managed a couple of placings despite tumbling down the weights. It probably won't take a great deal of winning, and preference is for Tiger Dream.
Capucci 14-1 (8-11) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Collateral Damage (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Inter Vision (USA) 9-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden halfway, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Rio Cobolo (8-4) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
West End Lad 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, raced keenly, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 8l behind Mount Hadley (9-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Arteus 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 16l behind The Scorching Wind (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Fiefdom (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Miss Minnies (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tiger Dream 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 12, shd behind Morocchius (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Nuit Sombre (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mount Hadley (9-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Andean Margin (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, raced keenly, ridden and lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Mount Hadley (9-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Ultimate Respect (USA) 7-2fav (9-1) Prominent, chased winner over 6f out, hung left from well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Lujano (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) Behind, driven, ran on inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 4th of 7, 3/4l behind Cape Vale (9-6) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Mozayada (USA) 10-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 19l behind Ninth House (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Minturno (USA) 18-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 3/4l behind Yorkshire Blue (8-7) at Redcar 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Lady Florence 5-1 (8-12) Prominent, lost place 2f out, last of 6, 5l behind Choreography (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Salerosa (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) In touch on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 10l behind Wiseman's Diamond (10-7) at Beverley 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
This Ones For Eddy 50-1 (8-11) Broke well, soon settled into mid-division, lost place over 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Captain Macarry (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) std.