The Great St Wilfrid at Ripon has proved a decent trial for this in the past and Tax Free, Singeur and Barnet Fair were second, sixth and seventh respectively in that contest this year. The former subsequently beat MASS RALLY at York with Fratellino fourth and Rex Imperator, Ancient Cross and Captain Dunne further behind but Michael Dods' sprinter looked an unlucky loser that day and is fractionally better off at the weights here. He needs to arrive late but Paul Mulrennan should find plenty of cover in this big field and he can finally get his head in front where it matters today. Face The Problem will be popular again with Fallon on board as he beat last week's Ascot winner Kingsgate Choice here on his belated reappearance and had Doc Hay and Tax Free behind at Haydock last time. He's also entitled to reverse Sandown running with Edge Closer. Move In Time is interesting as he was winning in Listed company around this time last year but this could be too tough for the hat-trick-seeking Picabo and Prodigality also needs to step up on the form he's shown so far. Steps beat Secret Witness, Face The Problem and Singeur over 5f here in October last year and won at Newmarket in July but may find a few of these better handicapped now.
Beacon Lodge (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Held up behind, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 23l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-0) at York 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug.
Secret Witness 6-1 (9-0) Towards rear, short lived effort over 2f out, 8th of 11, 16l behind Mince (8-11) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Rex Imperator 9-4 (8-13) Off the pace in 5th, pushed along 3f out, no headway and no chance when hampered well over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Night Carnation (8-10) at Bath 6f cond Stakes (3) gs.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 50-1 (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders, led group 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed that side, no extra final 110 yards, 10th of 27, 3l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-9) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Prominent, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 19, 6l behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Hallelujah 11-1 (9-2) Held up behind, driven and headway 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra final 50 yards, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Gracia Directa (9-2) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs in Jul.
Face The Problem (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden to challenge 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held final 50 yards, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Move In Time 10-1 (9-0) Ridden forward, soon prominent, hung right under pressure over 1f out, weakened, 12th of 14, 7l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Doc Hay (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, driven 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Singeur (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders stand side, chased stand side leader inside final furlong, kept on and no impression, 6th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Pepper Lane (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Steps (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Held up behind, driven over 2f out, ridden and headway inside final furlong, stayed on well final 110 yards, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Desert Law (9-10) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Tax Free (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Mass Rally (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, switched right when not clear run on near side rail well over 1f out, good headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished fast, not reached winner, 2nd of 19, nk behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Ancient Cross 11-1 (9-3) Off the pace towards rar, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, ra on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 19, 1 3/4l behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Edge Closer 5-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on rail, led 1f out, ran on well to draw clear, won at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Face The Problem (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
New Planet (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led until halfway, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind Grissom (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Jul.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway inside final 2f, ran on inside final furlong, not quicken in closing stages, 5th of 19, 1l behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, soon edged left, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Intransigent (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Picabo (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway on outside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, easily, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Joe Packet (9-12) by 3l, 10 ran.
Fratellino 25-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 25l behind Mince (8-11) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Barnet Fair 11-1 (8-7) Behind far side, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 20, 6l behind Pepper Lane (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Prodigality 8-11fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, stayedd on same pace inside final furlong, chased winner final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Khubala (9-3) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug.