Gospel Choir looked potentially Group class when completing his hat-trick in a tough Haydock handicap last August but has been a beaten favourite on both subsequent starts. If his trainer has nursed him back to his best he'll take some stopping from this mark though PEARL CASTLE may have his measure. Andrew Balding's son of Montjeu won here last August and could hardly have been more impressive when making all at Sandown last month. The extra quarter-mile won't be a problem and he gets the nod. Blue Surf will enjoy the conditions and usually goes well at this sort of level while Mister Impatience is better than he showed at Doncaster last time.
Gospel Choir 7-2fav (10-0) In touch, headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 14, 8l behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Blue Surf 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 4l behind Tiger Cliff (9-0) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Charles Camoin (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Sam Sharp (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Duke Of Clarence (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 13, 11l behind Mysterious Man (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Haylaman (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Held up in last trio, pushed along over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to modest 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Star Lahib (9-11) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Mister Impatience 7-2fav (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Forgotten Hero (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Pearl Castle (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Made all, set steady pace, quickened clear 2f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Tajheez (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.