Epsom Salts has a solid record at his local track and should give Denis O'regan a good ride in this jump jockeys' challenge. He hasn't scored for a couple of years, however, and SHESHA BEAR is preferred for the Portman team that's ticking along nicely at present. The mare has returned in good heart following a lengthy absence and both recent wins have come here - she can defy a 6lb penalty. Palawi, capable under both codes, hasn't been seen since the spring but is a useful hurdler who may have more to offer on the level. Market support would be interesting on this return to action, whilst Gunslinger and Mohanad also merit respect.
Kings Troop 16-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 17th of 18, 39l behind Line Of Duty (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Gunslinger (FR) 9-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, raced far side, headed overall over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Pittodrie Star (9-3) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Mohanad (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Soon tracking leading trio, headway over 3f out, soon challenging, chased winner and not much room, staying on when hampered on rail and snatched up final 110 yards, switched right and no further progress, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Morar (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Solicitor 13-2 (10-5) Chased leaders, chased clear leading pair 7f out until ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 21l behind Megalala (9-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f ldy hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Kings Bayonet 10-1 (9-8) Keen early held up, headway over 2f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Rastaban (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Palawi (IRE) 4-6fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Odin's Raven (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Nobunaga 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Midnight Oil (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Boston Blue 9-4fav (11-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Goodwood 1m 3f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Aug beating Mustajed (10-6) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lang Shining (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Colinca's Lad (8-7) at Windsor 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Epsom Salts 11-2 (9-12) Steadied start, in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Bramalea (11-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Shesha Bear 4-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating Brouhaha (9-10) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Herschel (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Dwelt, soon led, headed inside final 3f, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Lemon Drop Red (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.