A tricky finale to conclude with but will give the tentative vote to SEA SALT, with both Star Strider and Glencal worth noting. The selection won back to back races at Redcar and Ayr before being narrowly beaten behind Shotley Mac last time out. He looks more than capable of winning again off his current mark so is worth siding with once more before the handicapper gets a grip of him. Star Strider has been running into form of late and will be sure to be in the shake up once again. He was narrowly beaten at Newmarket on his penultimate run and was not far away when third of twelve at Salisbury last time out so is another for the short list. Glencal could not defy a five pound rise in the weights at Brighton last time out after winning at Chepstow. It could be that the handicapper has got him where he wants him and for that reason he is one to treat with caution. So for the winner we return to Sea Salt.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 18-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, 10th of 17, 17l behind Medici Pearl (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Sweet Gale (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Took keen hold in touch, effort 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, 7th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Ethaara (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcap (4) pol.
Sea Salt 7-2 (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Shotley Mac (9-5) at Redcar 7f app hcp (5) gs.
I Confess 33-1 (8-6) In touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, 4l behind Ethaara (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcap (4) pol.
Glencal 9-4jt-fav (9-10) In touch, ridden 2f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Palais Polaire (8-8) at Brighton 7f fll hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Romany Nights (IRE) 33-1 (7-13) Raced centre, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 18th of 19, 10l behind Fantasy Explorer (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcap (4) gf.
Lordship (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 14th of 16, 17l behind Effigy (9-7) at Pontefract 1m hcap (5) gs.
Star Strider 13-2 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Effigy (9-1) at Salisbury 1m app hcp (5) gd.
Micky Mac (IRE) 4-1jt-fav (9-3) In touch, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Dispol Isle (9-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Prince Golan (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden and struggling over 1f out, last of 10, 12l behind Memphis Man (8-12) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Aug.
Torquemada (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up, headway to challenge 2f out, soon every chance, hung left over 1f out, ridden and found nil inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Shamrock Lady (9-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Imperium 14-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden and hung right 2f out, kept on inside final, no danger, 5th of 10, 6l behind Al Gillani (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcap (6) pol.
Sion Hill (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) In touch and keen, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Royal Challenge (9-5) at W'hampton 6f hcap (6) pol.
Double Carpet (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led, headed halfway, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 15l behind Woodsley House (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Gilded Youth 50-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 11th of 12, 29l behind Le Chiffre (8-9) at W'hampton 7f clm (5) pol.
Outer Hebrides 5-1 (8-10) Pressed leader, lead over 3f out, headed inside final 2f, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Castano (8-13) at Salisbury 7f app hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Gee Ceffyl Bach 14-1 (8-8) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon every chance, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 22l behind Life's A Whirl (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Flying Flute 16-1 (9-3) Led to over 2f out, weakened soon after, 5th of 9, 11l behind I'm Sensational (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn stk (5) sft.