Mia's Boy has a tremendous record on this track and won this in 2009 before finishing fourth a year ago. He looks certain to give a good account as does Smarty Socks, who landed a tough handicap over the C&D in June and has been in superb form all summer. It's no surprise to find that the assessor raised SKILFUL a massive 12lb for a hugely impressive all-the-way success over a mile at Haydock last month and if he's correct then John Gosden's colt is comfortably the pick on ratings. The shorter trip won't be a problem and he looks a pattern race performer for next season. Greensward is in good form but appears to do best on a tight track while Below Zero has been out of form since landing a strong handicap at Leopardstown though he's bounced back in the past.
Below Zero (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) With leader stands side, lost place when groups merged 2f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 14th of 16, 32l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
Atlantis Star 25-1 (8-11) In touch on outer, chased leaders halfway, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on and headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Ecliptic (9-0) at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Greensward 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep beating Dubai Dynamo (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mia's Boy 28-1 (9-3) Raced far side dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 29, 2 1/2l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd.
Point North (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, good headway stands' side over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 11th of 16, 12l behind Oriental Scot (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Polish World (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, led until headed approaching final 2f, weakened quickly, 10th of 11, 12l behind Boogie Shoes (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 11-2fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up behind far side, driven and headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
The Confessor 8-1fav (9-3) Raced stands side, close up, effort over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 29, 4l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd.
Afkar (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Mujrayaat (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Hung Parliament (FR) 40-1 (9-2) 13th of 14, 16l behind Tin Horse (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Redvers (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 11, 3l behind Rulesn'regulations (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Skilful 2-1fav (9-3) Made all, 3 lengths clear halfway, shaken up over 1f out, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Haydock 1m hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep beating Call To Reason (9-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Zacynthus (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 9l behind Albaasil (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Hot Rod Mamma (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed final 125 yards, stayed on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 18, 2l behind Vainglory (8-4) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.