Trip and ground may prove a problem for Meandmyshadow while Talent Scout would also prefer a faster surface as he bids for a hat-trick. Newmarket winner Serene Oasis has a shout in this company and Conry is not badly weighted if producing his best. Lady Del Sol looks high enough in the weights now, however, having scored twice in August but Just The Tonic is getting steadily closer off her current mark. FLAMEOFTHEFOREST has slipped a few pounds down the handicap since winning a claimer at Chester in June. He beat higher rated rivals than these on that occasion and gets the speculative vote to bounce back to form.
Flameoftheforest (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, under pressure over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 12, 6l behind Amoure Medici (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Meandmyshadow 17-2 (8-7) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-7) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Boris Grigoriev (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 17l behind Lahaag (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Cyflymder (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 6l behind Chookie Avon (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Talent Scout (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep beating Christmas Light (9-4) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Serene Oasis (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Muarrab (9-4) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Conry (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 7l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Lady Del Sol 11-4fav (9-10) Close up, faded entering final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Lord Buffhead (8-6) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 6l behind Light From Mars (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Sunnyside Tom (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Close up far side group, led 4f out, headed overal over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 27l behind Patriotic (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
L'astre De Choisir (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, lost place over 3f out, last of 11, 14l behind Dolphin Rock (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Desert Creek (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on well, 4th of 13, 5l behind Multi Bene (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Just The Tonic 4-1fav (8-12) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Steel Stockholder (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.