Special Fighter won by seven lengths at Beverley last week so could still figure despite a penalty. But he's also up in class along with Tinseltown, who won a low grade contest over 1m4f here last time. Kiwayu hasn't looked like winning in better company of late but finished ahead of Local Hero when third at York in June. Ebony Express remains 5lb higher than last year's win at Newcastle and GAMBOL is 8lb higher than when scoring at Doncaster. But the latter went close to catching the progressive Meetings Man at Sandown on his latest start and gets the vote to go one better in this.
Kiwayu 20-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 5l behind Kings Fete (8-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Local Hero (GER) 10-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 8l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Ebony Express 14-1 (9-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Stopped Out (9-9) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Gambol (FR) 5-4fav (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Meetings Man (9-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Tappanappa (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Mid-division, pushed along at times, driven over 4f out, soon lost place, 10th of 12, 23l behind Gabrial's King (9-5) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Tinseltown 2-1fav (9-12) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, soon in command, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gf in Jul beating Charles De Mille (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Special Fighter (IRE) 5-4fav (9-1) Made all, ridden and forged clear final furlong, unchallenged, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Mariners Moon (9-1) by 7l, 6 ran.