HAAJES won this in 2011 off a pound lower mark and was hampered when finishing sixth last year. Paul Midgley's nine-year-old looks poised for another big run and is preferred to last year's victor Even Stevens, who is 7lb higher. Bronze Beau was well drawn when successful at Beverley and may struggle to follow up while the handicapper may have got to Royal Bajan, who is on a four-timer, but Noodles Blue Boy can give a good account under Ryan Moore and Threes Grand won a better race at York last month when well backed and could still be heading in the right direction.
Threes Grand 5-1fav (7-11) Behind, headway on outside 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at York 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo) (2) sft in Aug beating Hoofalong (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 14th of 21, 4 1/2l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Even Stevens 20-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind El Viento (9-0) at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Cheveton 4-1 (9-12) In touch in 4th, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 27l behind Shafaani (9-6) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Satsuma 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, riden over 1f out, soon lost place, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Foxy Forever (8-11) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Rylee Mooch 14-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 2f out, led again briefly over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Dungannon (9-3) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Bronze Beau 6-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Rich Again (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Noodles Blue Boy 20-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 3l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Royal Bajan (USA) 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, effort inside final furlong, led post, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Pucon (9-2) by shd, 6 ran.
Perfect Blossom 33-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Imperial Legend (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Haajes 16-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden halfway, headway to chase winner approaching final furlong, joined winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 12, ns behind Steel Rain (8-13) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 6-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 3 fout, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Silvanus (IRE) 28-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 1f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Ashpan Sam (9-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Adam's Ale 5-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-6) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Commanche 6-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance when hampered entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, no extra and lost places in closing stages, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Slip Sliding Away (9-2) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Profile Star (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 6l behind Imperial Legend (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Sir Pedro 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to dispute 2nd inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Ashpan Sam (9-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Medici Time 20-1 (9-9) Behind and outpaced, kept on inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 7l behind Bronze Beau (9-3) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind First In Command (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Aug.
Eland Ally 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders in centre, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Bondi Beach Boy (9-5) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Burnhope 25-1 (8-8) Led 1f, chased winner, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Mutafaakir (8-11) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Captain Scooby 22-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 15, 6l behind Ashpan Sam (9-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.