This is a tricky race to unravel but GIANT SEQUOIA has more ticks in his boxes compared to his rivals so gets the narrow vote, while both Mr Plod and Bobble Rock are more than capable on their day and deserve respect. The selection is still only lightly raced with five runs for three different trainers to his name. He did not handle the testing conditions at Chepstow on his latest outing and has since changed stable. Jane Chapple-Hyam has a great strike rate with her all weather horses and is sure to have improved this son of Giant's Causeway. Although he is no certainty, this race looks like one of his easiest opportunities to date and is worth staying on the right side of for the time being. Mr Plod had been living up to name until he caught the eye at Ffos Las on his latest outing. He finished third to Arlene Phillips that day, improving for the application of first time visors. He is clearly no world beater but if recapturing that recent form he can once again enter the frame. Bobble Rock showed promise on his first two outings earlier in the year but has disappointed badly in his last three races and should be treated with caution. Giant Sequoia was bred to win better races than this but is worth siding with for his new connections.
Giant Sequoia (USA) 50-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, never near leaders, 9th of 13, well behind Picot de Say (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Aug.
Mr Plod 33-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outer 2f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Arlene Phillips (8-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Bobble Rock (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leader until over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 14l behind Straight Face (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Halcyon Princess (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Pushed along towards rear, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Inconspicuous Miss (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Haling Park (UAE) 11-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, pushed along and struggling over 2f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Squad (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f app hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Head First 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, 7th of 9, 27l behind Stoic (9-3) at Newmarket 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Aug.
Luthien (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 24l behind Twist Again (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Mediterranean Sea (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, pushed along on outside 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 9l behind Rowan Tiger (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Mojeerr 40-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, switched left, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Tropical Duke (10-0) at Beverley 1m 2f Amateur Handicap (0-60) (3yo+) (6) gf.
Pezula 50-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 7th of 9, 22l behind Mezenah (8-12) at Sandown 1m fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Royal Bet (IRE) 85-40fav (7-12) Pulled hard, held up in rear, good headway from over 2f out, ridden and found little from over 1f out, hung left final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Veiled (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Sircozy (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) In touch, driven along on outside 3f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, to press winner near finish, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Arty Crafty (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Through The Forest (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Soon tracked leader to 7f out, remained prominent, hampered on bend 2f out, recovered to challenge over pressure over 1f out, outpaced near finish, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Arty Crafty (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Topcroft 100-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on entering final furlong, eased when held inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 12l behind Sunshine Always (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.