Politbureau went close at Ripon last time with Maybeme beaten a length in third but this looks tougher. Tribal Myth has done all his winning at this track but remains out of sorts and Valantino Oyster has failed to figure off today's mark since scoring at Ripon earlier this month. Badea should have come on for his belated seasonal return at Haydock but a poor strike rate tempers enthusiasm and top weight FOSSGATE is preferred. Twice a winner over course and distance, James Bethell's charge showed a bit more at Ripon last week and should run a big race if right back to his best today.
Fossgate 14-1 (9-1) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 7th of 8, 7l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Badea 6-1 (9-11) Chased leader, ridden to challenge 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Gran Maestro (9-11) at Haydock 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 8l behind Yorksters Prince (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf.
Tribal Myth (IRE) 7-1 (8-3) Held up behind, driven over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 8, 11l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bavarian Nordic (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 8l behind Valantino Oyster (8-12) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Maybeme 8-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, driven and stayed on well inside final furlong to take 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Pertuis (10-7) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Fine Kingdom 11-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, lost place and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 23l behind Enchanted Garden (9-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Politbureau 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Pertuis (10-7) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.