POETIC VERSE could only manage fourth in a handicap over track and trip last time but that reads well enough in this lesser grade. She gets the vote ahead of Checkpoint as the latter has shown his best form over the shorter trip of a mile so far. Run It Twice is another with plenty to prove over this longer distance and while Knight's Parade will have no problem with the distance, he looks up against it at the weights. The remainder are hard to fancy on these terms.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 16l behind Sweet Deal (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Checkpoint 8-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Havelovewilltravel (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Poetic Verse 16-1 (8-13) In rear, headway over 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Tajheez (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Run It Twice (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, outpaced, last of 8, 20l behind Blazing Knight (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Zaminate 33-1 (8-13) Chased leader until 11f out, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 12, 9l behind Grayswood (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Bell'arte (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Steadied start held up in rear, ridden 3f out, late headway approaching final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 12l behind Uganda Glory (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Valley Dreamer 100-1 (8-8) Held up, always towards rear, 10th of 13, 18l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.