WATCHMAKER is taken to land the opener at the main expense of Hanbrin Bhoy and Formidable Guest. The selection won well last time, albeit in a claimer, but he has gone well here in the past in handicap company and off his current mark he looks capable of getting competitive. Hanbrin Bhoy returns to the level after a run over hurdles. He does shape as though he will make a decent chaser in time, but he won a handicap on the flat earlier in the year and he has an obvious chance of making his mark against today. Formidable Guest is thoroughly exposed but she has been in good form and looks to have solid place prospects. However, she may need some respite from the handicapper before she is able to get her head in front. Bramalea and Zero Cool are admirably consistent and it would be no surprise to see either finish in the money, but Watchmaker looks a safer bet and he is nominated as our pick.
Watchmaker 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, went 2nd 2f out, challenging when slightly intimidated by rival jockey's whip well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left, ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol beating Ten Pole Tudor (8-9) by 5l, 8 ran.
Cinematic (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 14, 43l behind All In The Red (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Hanbrin Bhoy (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Held up in touch, driven to lead 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m hcap (4) pol in Jan '08 beating Claret And Amber (9-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Formidable Guest 6-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Becuille (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bramalea 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort, headway over 1f out, staying on, edging left, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Pelham Crescent (8-8) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Balnagore 8-1 (9-5) Led, until ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Thumbs Up (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcap (5) sft in Sep.
Sky Quest (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) In touch to 3f out, soon lost place, soon beaten, 13th of 14, 33l behind Madam President (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) std.
Zero Cool (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Gasat (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Ross Moor 33-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden and weakened 3f out, 12th of 14, 41l behind All In The Red (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Lytham (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Raced keenly in touch, short of room well over 1f out, kept on final furlong without troubling leaders, 8th of 14, 6l behind Madam President (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) std.