The Nifty Fox won well at Musselburgh last month over five furlongs but Tim Easterby's gelding is not certain to appreciate the step up to six today and preference is for another last time out winner BONNIE PRINCE BLUE, who gets the verdict ahead of Rio Cobolo. Paul Green's colt has been running consistently well of late having only been out of the frame once in his last nine starts but that was on a softer surface so he may struggle again today unless the ground dries out. Jeremy Glover's Luscivious has shown his best form on the Fibresand, while Misaro is another that would probably want faster ground. Northern Bolt has been running well of late and the David Nicholls-trained gelding has solid claims off a fair mark. He looks one of the main dangers to the selection and stable companion Bonnie Prince Blue. Good value for his win over course and distance last month, the six-year-old has an obvious chance under his penalty.
The Nifty Fox 5-2fav (9-0) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug beating Tornadodancer (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Misaro (GER) 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leading trio, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Bertoliver (9-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Luscivious 16-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Jaconet (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Northern Bolt 9-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway towards centre over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Captain Scooby (8-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Go Go Green (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Led stands side, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 15, 15l behind Medicean Man (9-0) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Bonnie Prince Blue 8-1 (9-6) With leader, led 3f out, race stands side from over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating Mr Wolf (9-1) by 5l, 9 ran.
Inter Vision (USA) 7-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 7, 4l behind My Gacho (9-10) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Mandalay King (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) In touch, pushed along and one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Captain Scooby (8-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Mid-division, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Conry (9-1) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.