With just a 4lb rise for an eased-down success over 10f here last time, we will take BLUE TURK to repeat the dose over slightly shorter, while Cadeaux Fax is among the dangers. The latter won a good ground Chepstow handicap off a mark of 54 in August and is 6lbs higher tonight. He has previously made the frame when stepped up to this trip, so there is no problem for him on grounds of stamina, and he does come here in form, so is given due respect. The Grey One has a course and distance win to his name, but is now fully 12lbs higher than that and although likely to show up well he should find a couple too good. French Art has a squeak given that he has been dropped 2lbs since finishing runner-up at Ayr last time, though he has to prove that he handles this surface. Hereford Boy has slipped to an attractive mark and should be capable of getting involved when it matters, but we prefer the claims of Blue Turk. The Where Or When gelding drops back to a mile after hosing up here last time, but he should still possess enough toe for this, and he can overcome a less than favourable draw to win again.
Blue Turk 16-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, soon led, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep beating Dinner Date (9-6) by 1l, 14 ran.
Divertimenti (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 9, 6l behind Primo Dilettante (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Sovereignty (JPN) 15-2 (8-12) Pulled hard, led after 1f, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Integria (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Cadeaux Fax 9-2fav (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd post, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Ocean Countess (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Hereford Boy 10-1 (9-10) Behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Regeneration (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
The Grey One (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway over 4f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Hits Only Cash (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
French Art 6-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed inside last, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind Social Rhythm (8-10) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Fine Ruler (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, towards rear, some headway on outside over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Peper Harow (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Sign of The Cross 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Cheers For Thea (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Led early, chased leader until 6f out, hampered twice on inside over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 29l behind Formidable Guest (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (6) pol in Feb.
Indian Tonic (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Edgeworth (9-1) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Romantic Verse 40-1 (9-3) Dwelt, raced wide, always in rear, 12th of 13, 17l behind Tamasou (9-8) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Mister Trickster (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Slowly away, towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 6l behind Sovereignty (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Ryker (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, carried wide bend entering straight, soon switched left and weakened, 7th of 12, 16l behind Woodlark Island (9-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.