The Koukash colours are prominent as is the norm at this track nowadays and Mehdi makes more appeal off his current mark than both Apostle and Gatepost. Alejandro and Kingscroft could have been better drawn while Balty Boys will find this tougher than the claimer he won at Beverley last time albeit by seven lengths. Conroy returns to action off an 11lb higher mark but Ocean Tempest could figure and Spin Artist has leading claims back over 7f. However, YOU DA ONE won a higher grade handicap at Goodwood back in May and with scope for further improvement this year, the three-year-old gets a speculative vote in a wide-open affair.
Alejandro (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Disputed lead until ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Mehdi (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Raced near side, always prominent, went 2nd in group over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Apostle (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Close up centre, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Jake's Destiny (8-13) at Ascot 1m stks 0-90 (3) sft in Oct.
Balty Boys (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Made all, clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug beating Llewellyn (9-5) by 7l, 8 ran.
Ocean Tempest 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Conry (IRE) 7-2fav (8-10) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, switched right and led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Kingscroft (9-7) by 7l, 10 ran.
Kingscroft (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 11l behind Bop It (9-4) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Spin Artist (USA) 11-4fav (8-12) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Zero Money (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
You Da One 8-1 (9-7) Went left start, with leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra last 50 yards, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Morpheus (9-1) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Al Muheer (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Consign (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Gatepost (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, headway towards far side over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Pacific Heights (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Mr Red Clubs (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) In rear, headway 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 7l behind Elhaame (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
One Scoop Or Two 33-1 (9-3) Pushed along to chase leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Multi Bene (9-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.