Handsome Ransom returned a shock winner at Newcastle a fortnight ago and steps up in trip off a 9lb higher mark today. The front-running Good Speech should set the pace once again although she's finding life tough off her current mark while Gabrial's Star and Aleksandar are closely matched on collateral form with Dr Irv on their running over 2m. Bowdler's Magic has been in woeful form this year so the vote goes to THE BETCHWORTH KID. He started this season on a 13lb higher mark and after showing a bit more at Nottingham last month, Michael Bell's charge could go close in this.
Handsome Ransom 25-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, switched right to challenge over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug beating Cockney Sparrow (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
The Betchworth Kid 14-1 (9-6) Dwelt in rear, came centre over 4f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Fledged (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Bowdler's Magic 66-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 18, 50l behind Cousin Khee (9-1) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Gabrial's Star 5-1 (10-0) Chased leader, driven to lead over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Dr Irv (9-6) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Aleksandar 4-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 9, 11l behind Platinum (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Good Speech (IRE) 9-4 (9-2) Led at decent pace, pushed along 4f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, rallied near finish, just held, 2nd of 4, hd behind Ambleside (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.