Tagula Night scored over C&D before going close again when third at Haydock last time with the bottom five in today's race all behind. He looks sure to be thereabouts, as does La Fortunata, who is up 3lb for her recent win at Newmarket. There was cut in the ground when R Woody won this race last year off a slightly lower mark and he showed signs of a revival at Leicester recently, but the vote goes to DICKIE'S LAD. Kevin Ryan's charge posted his best effort yet when runner-up in a higher grade sprint at York in August and a repeat would put him bang there at the finish. Mac Gille Eoin is another to consider.
Seal Rock 4-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 7l behind White Frost (8-2) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
R Woody 17-2 (9-4) Dwelt in rear, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Ajjaadd (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Steps (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon lost place, 15th of 16, 8l behind Marine Commando (8-8) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep.
Star Rover (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Chased leader stands side, driven 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Advanced (8-8) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 19th of 21, 14l behind Internationaldebut (9-9) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Kuanyao (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 8l behind Sirius Prospect (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Piscean (USA) 22-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 8l behind Zero Money (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Sutton Veny (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Ajjaadd (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Mac Gille Eoin 40-1 (9-0) Switched left towards stands side rail soon after start, always behind, last of 10, 18l behind Monsieur Chevalier (9-0) at Goodwood 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Sep.
Elna Bright 20-1 (8-10) Keen always in rear, 13th of 14, 9l behind Golden Desert (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Tagula Night (IRE) 7-1fav (9-1) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, hard ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on well, 3rd of 16, 3/4l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Dickie's Lad (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased leader until dropped to 3rd entering final furlong, rallied to regain 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind York Glory (8-10) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
La Fortunata 11-1 (8-7) Made all on rail, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gf in Sep beating Swiss Dream (9-5) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Corporal Maddox 6-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Courageous (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in ast pair, switched right over 2f out, no progress over 1f out, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind La Fortunata (8-7) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Ballista (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Behind, switched left and headway over 2f out, never nearer, 9th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
We Have A Dream 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Quasi Congaree (GER) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leader, hard ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, last of 16, 22l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Gentle Lord 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.