A tough opener with a handful of recent winners competing off higher marks. The most recent are Foxtrot Alpha and Anjomarba, who both won on turf last time, while Abriachan is 5lb higher than when scoring over C&D in January. Woolston Ferry won here in May and looks to have a real chance off only a 3lb higher mark, while October's Lingfield winner Paphos looks another leading contender. However, a chance is taken on SURWAKI, who finished a creditable fifth at Lingfield on his return from a lengthy absence, is 6lb lower than his latest win and is partnered here by the talented claimer Charlie Bishop.
Foxtrot Alpha (IRE) 7-4fav (8-9) Made all, ridden and ran on, readily, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun beating Ivory Lace (8-13) by 4l, 6 ran.
Anjomarba (IRE) 10-3fav (9-0) Pressed leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left, ran on, won at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May beating Play The Blues (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Abriachan 13-2 (8-10) Held up in last trio, headway on outside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, going on close home, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind I Confess (8-10) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Towy Boy (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Bouncy Bouncy (8-11) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Tubby Isaacs 14-1 (10-0) Behind, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 7l behind Questionnaire (9-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 2f out, edged right 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Tamasou (9-13) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Exceedingly Bold 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place 3f out, soon ridden and behind, last of 12, 23l behind Polar Annie (8-13) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Paphos 10-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, well off the pace in 9th, reminders after 1f, hung right from over 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 120 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Mymumsaysimthebest (9-13) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Valmina 20-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, drifted to far rail over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 12, 4l behind Tamasou (9-13) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Surwaki (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon lost place, 5th of 11, 5l behind Kipchak (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Yanbu (USA) 12-1 (8-9) Pulled hard in touch, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 4l behind Mandhooma (9-5) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.