SKATE has the most obvious claims having run well on his last couple of outings, particularly when runner-up at Windsor last time. He was four lengths clear of the rest on that occasion and can open his account in this. Mercury finished a lot closer at Carlisle and makes more appeal than Shipwright and Rainbow Orse, who both finished down the field in the same race at Kempton last month. Yazan is out of a prolific mare and Storytale is related to the useful Listed winner Rosa Grace among others.
Citisonsmith (IRE) Amadeus Wolf colt out of Ink Pot.
Juncart 11-2 (9-5) Slowly away, in rear and ran green, 8th of 9, 27l behind Toocoolforschool (9-5) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Mercury 3-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind X Raise (9-0) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Aug.
Rainbow Orse 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 7th of 11, 12l behind Invincible Gold (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Red Harry (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no impression after, went 4th close home, 4th of 7, 8l behind Flash Fire (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Shipwright (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 9l behind Invincible Gold (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Skate 2-1fav (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed near finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Aces (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Storytale Rip Van Winkle colt out of Night Haven.
Yazan (IRE) Zebedee colt out of Idle Fancy.