Mark Johnston's Robby Bobby is best in at the weights judged by official BHA ratings but he has not been running well of late and looks best passed over. Elaine Burke's Bold Marc would be hard to beat if this was over a mile but he is unproven over this far and a better bet looks to be ODDSMAKER. The Maurice Barnes-trained gelding has conditions to suit, has been running well in recent starts in handicaps and looks worth chancing off what seems a favourable weight. Geoff Harker's Eijaaz would probably want faster ground, while Richard Fahey's Chocolate Caramel is capable but inconsistent. Lucayan Dancer is another worthy of consideration in a competitive opener.
Bluegrass Lion (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, behind final 4f, 7th of 11, 46l behind Time Book (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Robby Bobby 6-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden on inner over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Destiny Blue (8-10) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Bold Marc (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden and headway 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Highland Love (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Lucayan Dancer 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Cherri Fosfate (9-6) at Beverley 1m 2f app hcp (6) gd in Aug.
Oddsmaker (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Dwelt, took keen hold, close up, tracked leader 6f out, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Eijaaz (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 6th of 9, 8l behind Royal Swain (9-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Chocolate Caramel (USA) 11-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden well over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 8, 7l behind Resplendent Ace (9-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 100-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 27l behind Jolly Roger (8-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gs.
Mojeerr 28-1 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Scarab (11-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Silent Lucidity (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, chased leader over 3f out until over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 17, 13l behind Pertemps Networks (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Jenny Soba 66-1 (8-4) Held up, towards rear when emerged from fog 4f out, 6th of 9, 35l behind Saborido (9-8) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Bottomless Wallet 100-1 (9-6) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, never reached challenging position, 8th of 14, 12l behind Bogside Theatre (8-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun '07.
Dimashq 22-1 (8-12) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 17l behind Lady Bluesky (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Lady Norlela 40-1 (8-10) Mid-division on inside, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 15l behind Master Nimbus (9-6) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Without Equal 66-1 (8-11) Dwelt, mid-division in 5th, headway well over 1f out on outer, ridden to challenge well inside final furlong, just held towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Miss Wendy (8-2) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd in Sep.