A competitive finale can go the way of MISTER NEW YORK; Sparton Duke and Fiefdom rate as the main dangers. The selection has been a little disappointing on his last two starts on the turf but he is a different proposition on the all-weather and he has got some rock solid form at this venue. He is arguably better over 6f so that would be a slight negative, but nonetheless he looks to hold solid claims back at his favourite track. Sparton Duke is another that is better on the all-weather than on the turf and he is certainly better over 6f rather than today's trip. He should go well but he may have to settle for a place. Fiefdom won over this course and distance last time out but he was all-out to get his head in front that day and he shaped as though an extra furlong would benefit him, so he could be one to swerve this afternoon. Super Frank has got winning form over this course and distance but he looks to be in the grip of the handicapper at present and we will stick with Mister New York who is put forward as the tentative pick.
Super Frank (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 3f out, bumped over 1f out, not clear run soon after, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 12l behind Pragmatist (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcap (6) gs in May.
Hopeful Purchase (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, always in the rear, 11th of 12, 11l behind Final Verse (9-10) at W'hampton 7f clm (5) pol.
Mister New York (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden 3f out, soon beaten, 13th of 16, 16l behind Elysee Palace (9-3) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Sept.
Liberation Spirit (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders until lost place over 1f out, 12th of 17, 6l behind Earlsmedic (8-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Sparton Duke (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden well over 1f out, no real progress when not much room inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 8l behind Wyatt Earp (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sept.
Hallingdal (UAE) 8-1 (8-11) Steadied start, switched right to inside rail, held up last, headway 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd 1f out, kept on near finish, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Noble Citizen (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol.
Fiefdom (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Lingfield 7f hcap (4) pol in Sept beating Silent Master (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Perfect Treasure (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Fiefdom (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcap (4) pol in Sept.
Incomparable 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened and eased 1f out, last of 6, 36l behind Great Charm (9-2) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Jun.
Ivory Lace 25-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 13l behind Isphahan (8-3) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sept.
Shamrock Lady (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Prominent, under pressure 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 14l behind Granary (9-1) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Divertimenti (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Behind, ridden when badly hampered over 1f out, not recover, 12th of 16, 4l behind Ethaara (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcap (4) pol in Sept.