A noteworthy jockey booking for the well-handicapped HOGMANEIGH means he gets the nod. Winner of this race in 2008 when trained by Stuart Williams, the selection is back down to a 6lb lower mark. The rain that is forecast will suit and his high draw looks a big plus. Jack My Boy is in grand form but his mark is up as a result, Deacon Blues will be held up for a late strike, whilst Tiddliwinks has run well in each big handicap he has run in this year but without reward. Poet's Place looks the most interesting of the recent winners, with his beating of Harry Patch looking exceedingly strong; the ground here looks ideal as well. Ireland won this last year so Bay Knight is not discounted, along with the in-form Masamah and the Wokingham second Striking Spirit.
Masamah (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Made all, quickened clear insde final 2f, ridden 1f out, stayed on well, won at Chester 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Aug beating Quest For Success (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Signor Peltro 16-1 (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 17, 1l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
Quest For Success (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden, edged right and every chance over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-6) at York 5f hcap (2) gd in Aug.
Judge 'n Jury 16-1 (9-3) Close up and disputed lead, headed and weakened from over 1f out, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Astrophysical Jet (8-12) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Striking Spirit 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 26th of 28, 17l behind Evens And Odds (8-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up, headway on outside 2f out, driven and strong run inside final furlong, led last stride, won at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug beating La Fortunata (8-2) by shd, 16 ran.
Noble Storm (USA) 15-2 (9-0) With leader, led over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 4l behind Mister Hughie (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Bay Knight (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up, 8th and progress on outer 2f out, 7th 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 18, 4l behind Hujaylea (8-8) at Leopardstown 7f hcap gf.
Arganil (USA) 9-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Bajan Tryst (9-1) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug.
Poet's Place (USA) 7-2fav (9-3) Chased leader, led 2f out, in command and pushed clear final furlong, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Harry Patch (9-3) by 4l, 16 ran.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead under 2f out, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug beating Luisant (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Johannes (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, chased leaders, effort on outside over 1f out, soon every chance, lost place inside final furlong, 10th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
Fol Hollow (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 8l behind Mister Hughie (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Singeur (IRE) 10-11fav (8-7) Soon pushed along in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, never a factor, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Star Rover (8-7) at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) sft in Aug.
Hotham 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, always behind, 13th of 15, 9l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-6) at York 5f hcap (2) gd in Aug.
Tiddliwinks 6-1 (8-13) Chased leaders in far side group, lost place over 1f out, 7th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
Hogmaneigh (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 15, 10l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Went left start, led, driven 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Cansili Star (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug.
Tawaabb 14-1 (9-4) Held up, not clear run from inside final 2f, not hard ridden when no chance after, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 4l behind Monsieur Joe (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Deacon Blues 7-1 (8-8) Held up behind leaders, took keen hold, not clear run and switched right well over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, nk behind Dafeef (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug.
Duchess Dora (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on rail, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten leading duo, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Confessional 14-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden 1f out, edged left and stayed on well final furlong, won at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Golden Destiny (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.