Rhythm Stick has won his last three starts over 1m4f on the Polytrack. It was probably the longer trip rather than the surface that brought about the improvement and he could well figure on his first start since January. However, FLYING POWER has the more recent form and makes more appeal. David Lanigan's charge scored over today's trip at Leicester three weeks ago and, with the runner-up having franked the form since, he's fancied to follow up off only a 2lb higher mark. The Calling Curlew wasn't beaten far on his handicap bow at Brighton, while Gems and Lombok are others to consider.
Rowan Tiger 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3f out, no impression final 2f, 5th of 8, 13l behind Bramalea (11-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Cloudy Start 16-1 (9-13) In rear, headway on outer 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Flying Power (9-0) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Rhythm Stick 15-8fav (9-6) Took keen hold early, chased leading trio, went 2nd approaching 2f out, edged left well over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating The Winged Assasin (9-10) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Hurakan (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Dwelt, headway to track leaders after 2f, chased winner over 6f out until 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Colinca's Lad (8-5) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Gilded Age 14-1 (8-8) Chased leading pair, pushed along 3f out, driven along over 1f out, weakened, 4th of 6, 6l behind Fanditha (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep '09.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 33l behind Kings Bayonet (9-4) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Gems 4-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Maybeme (8-2) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Lombok 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Robby Bobby (8-10) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Wily Fox 8-1 (9-6) Led early, prominent, effort on inside from over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Shesha Bear (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Shy 7-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Slight Advantage (8-13) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Flying Power 6-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden 2f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, won at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Spensley (9-11) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Calling Curlew 13-2 (9-7) Led 2f, tracked leaders, came stands side over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Around The Clock (9-1) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.