CHOOKIE ROYALE appears to be holding his form better than most of these. He scored at Doncaster before going close again at Thirsk last time and looks a safer proposition than Emman Bee. The latter has struggled off higher marks since scoring at Newbury while Llewellyn does his winning in sellers these days. First Class Favour has failed to figure since a victory at Carlisle in August and today's testing ground is not ideal for Triple Eight but Piceno could be thereabouts if in the mood.
Vale Of Clara (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 9l behind Red Cape (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Chookie Royale 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd place close home, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Emman Bee (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, keeping on same pace when hampered over 1f out, 6th of 13, 9l behind Lahaag (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Bunce (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Outpaced towards rear, headway over 2f out, driven and went 3rd entering final furlong, no extra in 4th closing stages, 4th of 12, 5l behind Waking Warrior (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Llewellyn 16-1 (9-3) With leaders stands side, led group inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, gradually weakened, 10th of 23, 8l behind Jack Dexter (9-8) at Ayr 6f hcp (4) hvy in Sep.
Shamrocked (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Raced keenly, led, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner winner until entering final furlong, soon no extra, 5th of 16, 6l behind First Post (9-1) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Shotley Mac 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, eased final furlong, last of 14, 23l behind Hi There (8-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
First Class Favour (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 16l behind No Poppy (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gs in Sep.
Triple Eight (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden and effort when edged right well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 11l behind Just Lille (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf in Sep.
Amazing Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 7th of 14, 37l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
On The Hoof 16-1 (9-6) Reared start and lost many lengths, never a factor, 11th of 12, 12l behind Raheeba (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Mandalay King (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced halfway, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind I'll Be Good (8-9) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Piceno (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 13, 11l behind Outpost (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.