Seal Rock really should have captured a decent sprinting prize by now but Henry Candy's four-year-old has been well held in this season's big handicaps and, though he's tried in blinkers for the first time, he's been done few favours by the draw for the drop in grade. ADVANCED finished a fair sixth in the Ayr Silver Cup last weekend and, as he gets the chance to race here off a 2lb lower mark, we'll give the tentative vote to Kevin Ryan's veteran in a very trappy race. Xilerator appears to be coming back to himself and David Nicholls' inmate should also be capable of showing his form on this surface while Verse Of Love has been busy over the season and David Evans' gelding successfully made all over a mile at the course earlier this month. Big Note finished fourth in a valuable sprint at Newmarket in July and any market confidence behind Andrew Balding's colt should be noted accordingly.
Seal Rock 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division stand side, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 17th of 20, 11l behind Pepper Lane (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
The Confessor 10-1 (8-10) Always prominent, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 19, 3/4l behind Imperial Guest (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Xilerator (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, lost 3rd place near finish (awarded 3rd), 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Common Touch (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Corporal Maddox 8-1 (9-10) Held up in mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 13th of 15, 16l behind Chosen Character (9-2) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Big Note (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Stumbled slightly leaving stalls, soon led, headed over 4f out, chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Mince (9-10) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, 14th of 16, 11l behind Cape Classic (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Nasri 5-1fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 6l behind Zacynthus (9-1) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Advanced 20-1 (9-5) With leader far side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on, no impression with stand side leaders, 8th of 23, 5l behind Mass Rally (9-9) at Ayr 6f hcp (3) hvy.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Not much room soon after start, held up behind, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held (disqualified for failing to weigh in at correct weight), in a race won by Common Touch (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy, 12 ran.
Clockmaker (IRE) 17-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders early, in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs beating Dr Red Eye (8-13) by nk, 11 ran.
Majuro (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) With leader, pushed along and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 4l behind Jack Luey (9-8) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy.
Kyllachy Star 9-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Verse Of Love (7-8) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd.
Verse Of Love 11-4fav (9-1) Led, hard pressed over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 6th of 8, 5l behind Konstantin (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fm.
Dr Red Eye 12-1 (8-13) With leader until led 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 11, nk behind Clockmaker (9-1) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.