Not an easy race and we will take a chance on BYRD IN HAND to come good. John Bridger's gelding has been well beaten in handicaps over a mile and 7f so far, but he has dropped 7lbs as a result. A mark of 60 now makes him an attractive proposition and this step back up in trip to 10f, which pedigree suggests will be a significant plus, means we give him the vote. Akamon looks a danger dropped back from 1m 4f and can go close to repeating her Beverley win, while Little Meadow should not be ruled out despite a lowly mark. Celestial Girl is feared but has twice been beaten from today's mark, while both King's Realm and Mister Bit are others to note if supported on their first try in this grade. (Jonathan Doidge)
Quality Mover (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, progress over 4f out to be in touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Gypsy Carnival (8-12) at Ffos Las 1m 3yo fll stks (4) gd in Sep.
Celestial Girl 13-2 (9-2) Prominent, not much room over 2f out, ridden and switched left over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, just held, 2nd of 14, hd behind Iron Condor (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Mister Bit (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Always behind, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 7l behind Saint Pierre (9-1) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Marrimeclaire (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind True To Form (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
King's Realm (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Raced wide, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never nearer, 8th of 12, 13l behind Anhar (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct '09.
My Sister 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Rare Tern (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 16l behind Red Gulch (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Fire Raiser 13-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind First In The Queue (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Akamon 13-2 (9-7) Mid-division, not much room 2f out, ridden and switched when headway over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Kayaan (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Rodrigo De Freitas (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leader, driven to challenge 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 9, 4l behind Oriental Girl (10-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Jovial (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, no chance when weakened to 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 7l behind Now What (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Little Meadow (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, hard ridden over 3f out, hung left under pressure over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Finch Flyer (8-10) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Glan Y Mor (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Pulled hard in rear, hard driven and struggling 3f out, last of 12, 28l behind Mr Money Maker (9-2) at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Daryainur (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader until 7f out, chased leading pair, pushed along 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 5, 22l behind Stags Leap (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo clm (5) gf in Jun.