Top weight ROTATIVE is in the form of his life right now and can continue in his winning ways, while Alnwick and Hawridge King both have decent form figures to their name and warrant respect. The selection comes from the Walter Swinburn yard and having won well at Nottingham last time out he now has the burden of six extra pounds to carry. He is still only lightly raced and with further improvement to come he will be difficult to oppose. Alnwick won nicely at Kempton on his penultimate outing and was not discredited at Warwick last time out after finishing third of five. He still looks weight to win a race of this nature so the market should be monitored. Hawridge King is another to be short listed as he comes into the race in great form. He was not beaten far into second spot at Chester last month and another bold effort can be expected. Rotative looks the form horse in the race and is the percentage call.
Rotative 9-4 (9-7) Ran in snatches, held up, headway on wide outside and hard ridden 2f out, hard driven to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug beating Hada Men (9-4) by 2l, 4 ran.
Alnwick 7-4fav (9-4) Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, one pace and no impression when lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Just Lille (9-11) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Hawridge King 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on same pace final 1f, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Dazinski (8-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Close up, lost place after 4f, staying on same pace when short of room 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 10, 9l behind Dazinski (8-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Absolut Power (GER) 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, kept on final 2f, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 19, 9l behind Sweetheart (8-1) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jul.
Inchpast 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on to take moderate 4th, 4th of 11, 21l behind Gandalf (9-2) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Casual Garcia 6-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 45l behind Spiders Star (9-0) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.