John Quinn's Captain Macarry ran well two outings ago but again disappointed last time and looks best left out calculations with a more likely winner looking to be Tim Easterby's Ryedane, who has shown a consistent level of form but has yet to prove that he stays this far. Norville is capable but inconsistent and a safer option looks to be ISLAND CHIEF, who gets the vote. Mick Easterby's gelding won well at Ayr and Thirsk in August and has not seemingly been suited by the step up in trip since then so looks worth backing now returned to a more suitable trip. Not My Choice has another 6lb rise to overcome if he is to complete a hat-trick and of more interest may be Geoff Harker's Nuit Sombre, who has been running consistently well in recent outings.
Ryedane (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Darcey (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Island Chief 14-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 10l behind Jolly Roger (8-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gs.
Not My Choice (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Smartly away, made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Perfect Friend (9-7) by 2l, 11 ran.
The Hermitage (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 17l behind Lord Aeryn (9-1) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Captain Macarry (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Led, headed over 2f out, soon hard ridden and weakened, last of 11, 30l behind One Scoop Or Two (9-0) at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Norville (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Croeso Cusan (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Trans Sonic 20-1 (8-7) Chased leader until 4f out, soon weakened and in rear, tailed off, last of 9, 46l behind Veiled Applause (8-9) at York 1m 2f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) sft.
Tatiana Romanova (USA) 40-1 (8-2) Always behind, never a factor, 8th of 9, 20l behind Hamloola (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Nuit Sombre (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Northern Flyer (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Real Diamond 7-2fav (9-4) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 4l behind Emeralds Spirit (8-12) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Eastern Hills 9-2fav (8-6) Took keen hold, soon led, headed after 1f, prominent, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Croeso Cusan (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.