A wide-open contest which is likely to be reflected in the betting. Burning Thread won quite easily at Sandown and is back in form. He has to go on the short-list along with Chester second New Fforest, representing the team that won Saturdays Ayr Gold Cup. Jack Luey and Commanche are others with decent claims and it would be no surprise to see old Tax Free pop up one more time off his current mark. Another Wise Kid and Noodles Blue Boy have the past form to figure and Rebecca Romero also enters the equation but RYLEE MOOCH has been running well this year without gaining due reward. Dropped a further pound since Friday's 11th at Ayr, he also has Joey Haynes claiming 5lb and that compensates for being a couple of pounds out of the handicap proper in this. He's a tough sort and should give punters a run for their money at decent odds.
Forest Edge (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 6l behind Harrison George (8-5) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Jun.
Burning Thread (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led halfway, pushed readily clear final furlong, comfortably (hand timed), won at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Tidal's Baby (8-8) by 2l, 14 ran.
Pearl Blue (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Towards rear, effort in centre over 1f out, hung right and weakened final furlong, last of 11, 9l behind Links Drive Lady (9-1) at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Taajub (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Raced centre, prominent, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 15th of 18, 5l behind Barnet Fair (8-9) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Pandar 14-1 (9-10) Chased leaders on rail, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 10l behind Burning Thread (9-3) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Kyleakin Lass 12-1 (8-13) Raced centre close up, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Confessional (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Tax Free (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, pushed along 3f out, weakened soon weakened, behind and eased final furlong, 16th of 17, 14l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and faded inside final furlong, 11th of 15, 9l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort inside final 2f, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 3rd of 16, 3/4l behind Dungannon (9-3) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
New Fforest 4-1fav (8-6) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind El Viento (9-0) at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Jack Luey 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Pearl Ice (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Moorhouse Lad 9-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, not much room and lost place over 1f out, soon switched left, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Imperial Legend (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Rebecca Romero 20-1 (8-13) Behind when badly hampered 3f out, not recover, soon eased, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Dungannon (9-3) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Commanche 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 16, nk behind Sir Pedro (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Rylee Mooch 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of far side group, 11th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Noodles Blue Boy 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 16, 12l behind Sir Pedro (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Equitania (8-13) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Bispham Green 16-1 (8-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Threes Grand (7-11) at York 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo) (2) sft in Aug.