FOOLIN MYSELF is taken to get the better of The Osteopath and One Way Or Another. The selection looked a useful sort as a juvenile and although he has clearly had his problems since then, he shaped as though he was coming back to his best with a good effort at Ascot last month. He has trip and ground to suit and he looks the one to beat. The Osteopath could not be in better form and he is on the hat-trick bid today. He beat Flipando at Newcastle last time and he is another who will have no problems with the ground today. One Way Or Another is a course and distance winner but he is far from straightforward and he hung under pressure when last seen out at Ascot. He does have a good draw today though so he has to be on the shortlist. Flipando was only narrowly beaten here last time behind Pride Of Kings and he should again run his race. Angel Rock and Lowther are others to consider but for the winner we are happy to nominate Foolin Myself.
Balcarce Nov (ARG) 10-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 4, 12l behind Welsh Emperor (9-9) at Haydock 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Jul.
Flipando (IRE) 7-4 (10-0) Held up, headway on outside to chase winner 2f out and ran on inside final furlong, always just held, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Pride Of Kings (8-6) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fm in Jul.
The Osteopath (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Mid-division, steady headway over 2f out, driven and stayed on under pressure to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun beating Flipando (9-4) by 1l, 12 ran.
Bolodenka (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Mid-division far side until lost place over 2f out, 17th of 20, 29l behind Expresso Star (8-12) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 10-3fav (9-13) Took keen hold, held up, hampered over 3f out, pushed left approaching straight well over 2f out, headway under pressure to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Dubai's Touch (10-0) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Lowther 4-1fav (9-11) Raced far side, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Captain Brilliance (9-9) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Cobo Bay 11-2 (9-4) With leader, led 2f out, soon ridden and edged right, held over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mastership (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Foolin Myself 14-1 (9-12) Took keen hold, prominent, led on bit approaching 2f out, ridden and hung left approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Credit Swap (9-2) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Silver Rime (FR) 9-2fav (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on final 2f, no impression, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kal Barg (9-2) at Haydock 1m hcap (3) gf in Sep.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) In rear, wide and headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Invincible Force (9-11) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Angel Rock (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) With leaders, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Kavachi (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Billy Dane (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to lead well over 1f out, hung right and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Captain Macarry (9-3) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ocean Transit (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Keen hold, led after 1f, ridden and headed inside final 3f, weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Alsace Lorraine (9-13) at Goodwood 1m 1f fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Ansells Pride (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 30l behind Celtic Change (9-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.