Hoh Mike is taken to score at the expense of Strike Up The Band and Manzila. The selection caught the eye when finishing second to Speedy Dollar at Yarmouth last time out. He has been winless this season but has been consistent and if recapturing his recent form he will prove difficult to beat. Strike Up The Band has winning Group 3 form to his name. He won nicely at Ascot on his penultimate run but looked a little exposed off a five pound higher mark at Doncaster last time out so may be within the grip of the handicapper for the time being. Manzilla on the other hand is less exposed and caught the eye when a decent third to Angus Newz at Chester on his most recent outing and is sure to be in the shake up once again. But for the winner we return to Hoh Mike.
Fire Up The Band 14-1 (7-12) Chased leader until ridden over 1f out, beaten when edged left inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Green Park (9-5) at Chester 5f hcap (4) gs.
Fullandby (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Started slowly, always struggling in rear, 12th of 14, 4l behind Moorhouse Lad (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Hoh Mike (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and every chance final furlong, soon driven, one pace, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Speedy Dollar (8-7) at Yarmouth 6f stk (3) gd.
Oldjoesaid 10-1 (9-10) Dwelt, behind, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest at finish, 4th of 21, 2 1/2l behind Hogmaneigh (9-6) at Doncaster 6f hcap (2) sft.
Pawan (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Towards rear, outpaced, ridden halfway, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Knot In Wood (8-9) at Hamilton 6f stk (2) sft.
Strike Up The Band 17-2fav (9-5) Mid-division, one pace final 2f, 7th of 21, 3l behind Hogmaneigh (9-6) at Doncaster 6f hcap (2) sft.
Tabaret 5-1fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened and hung left over 1f out, 10th of 14, 7l behind Elhamri (8-9) at Great Leighs 5f hcap (3) pol.
Day By Day 100-1 (8-9) Disputed lead until over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 14th of 17, 8l behind Edge Closer (9-4) at Newmarket 6f lst stk (1) gf in Aug.
Manzila (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Angus Newz (9-0) at Chester 6f lst fll stk (1) gs.