Plenty in this field make handicap debuts and Bandear looks the best of those ahead of Gold Diamond but with a run in these ranks already under the belt we like EVER SO BOLD. Willie Muir's gelding defied his odds to run well when not beaten far on his handicap debut last time. Three pounds has been removed from his mark for that and with his pilot taking off the same amount again he should run a big race. Bandear has been steadily improving in maidens and comes into this company off a good enough looking mark after his performance behind a fair sort last time so Clive Brittain's runner needs respecting. Gold Diamond has held his form without really improving in three starts but is another under a competitive looking burden on his handicap debut despite carrying top-weight. The well bred Boycott should be better than he's shown so far but until that one shows his talent we are happy to oppose him in favour of Ever So Bold.
Gold Diamond (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Led, headed narrowly over 5f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Universal Circus (8-12) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Cuthbert (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 12, 33l behind Ginger Ted (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Bandear (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon outpaced, stayed on close home, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Many A Slip (8-9) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Boycott (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, soon edged left and no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 4l behind Ransom Note (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Aug.
Timelord (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon beaten, last of 9, 12l behind Soul Heaven (8-8) at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Elizabelle (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 9l behind Damietta (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Aug.
Ever So Bold 33-1 (8-2) In touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, pressing leaders when hung left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Desert Auction (9-6) at Newbury 7f 2yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Keen Bidder 5-1 (8-2) Keen, held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Clarietta (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Gold Fix (IRE) 4-5fav (8-6) Steadied soon after start, held up towards rear, not much room briefly just over 3f out, headway over 1f out, edging right when eased briefly inside final furlong, never near to challenge, 6th of 10, 5l behind Dear Mr Fantasy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Aug.
Volatilis (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 13, 8l behind Russian Davis (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Evergreen Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Held up, pushed along and beaten over 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 9, 14l behind Kurtanella (9-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp (4) pol in Aug.
Mountrath 33-1 (9-3) In touch, reminder over 4f out, no chance from halfway, 5th of 8, 13l behind Quadrille (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Gulf Punch 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept entering final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Dear Mr Fantasy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Aug.
Rebecca Romero 11-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, slightly hampered over 4f out, driven on wide outside 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 13, 12l behind Russian Davis (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.