Favourites have a got a poor record in this contest with only last year's 'jolly' obliging in the past seven runnings, so we will look outside the box with DOCTOR PARKES. Eric Alston's string is in reasonable form and his Diktat gelding already has a course and distance win to his name, which was last year from 6lb lower than today. Any ground with good in the description suits and he has the inside rail to help. Falasteen is 3lb higher than a recent Ascot win and has scored here from a higher mark, though the draw has not been kind, while Mr Wolf will need to be better than he has been since 2006 to win from this mark. Tasmeem and Mey Blossom are both in good heart but will need to get out well from their respective draws and we prescribe Doctor Parkes.
Doctor Parkes 6-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Secret Millionaire (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Falasteen (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and headway 2f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on to lead post, won at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Seneschal (8-8) by hd, 6 ran.
Foxy Music 9-2 (9-9) Led near stands rail, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Captain Scooby (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Green Manalishi 11-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 11, 11l behind Fathsta (9-12) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Mey Blossom 14-1 (8-9) Towards rear, never dangerous, last of 11, 9l behind Mister Hughie (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Legal Eagle (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Made most, ridden and pressed from over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Fishforcompliments (9-8) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Vhujon (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leading duo, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Dubai Media (9-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Lost In Paris (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Rasaman (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Mr Wolf 14-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Real Diamond (8-8) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Tasmeem (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) In touch, every chance over 1f out, hard driven and just held close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Amenable (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.