Our Pekan deserves a win after three successive runner-up efforts and is sure to be popular in view of connections but Michael Bell has found some much better form in the middle part of the season after a torrid start to the campaign and RAVEN RIDGE is expected to deliver a good account. Admittedly a beaten favourite last time, he still ran well enough when second to Donny Rover at Newmarket on his first start for three months and should be spot-on here. He's only had the five career starts and the son of High Chaparral should have plenty more to offer over middle distances. Cosmic Halo and recent winner, Croquembouche, are respected but Zumurdah looks a dark horse lurking at the foot of the weights. Off 311 days, he's been sent from Middleham to make a belated seasonal reappearance and is just the sort his yard does well with. He'd be particularly interesting should cash come for him after his lay-off.
Pasaka Boy 9-4fav (9-6) Tracked leader, challenged over 3f out, driven and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, soon ridden, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 6l behind Gabrial The Hero (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fm.
One Pekan (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Genius Boy (10-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Croquembouche (IRE) 15-8 (10-0) Led and set decent pace, ridden and joined 2f out, narrowly headed over 1f out, rallied gamely to regain lead inside final furlong, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Tinshu (9-10) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Pack Leader (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 18l behind Our Gabrial (9-5) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Dandy (GER) 9-1 (9-12) Soon led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 19l behind Ardmay (9-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Raven Ridge (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Donny Rover (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Cosmic Halo 7-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, effort to challenge and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Kleo (8-13) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Zumurudah (FR) 6-1 (8-13) Led, headed narrowly over 3f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Latenightrequest (8-7) at Haydock 1m 2yo hcp (2) sft in Oct.