HILALI beat King's Wharf and Dalmo at Newton Abbot last month and improved again when giving weight and a beating to Indepub at Stratford. The runner-up has won at Sedgefield and Perth since so the form looks solid and Gary Brown's charge can end the unbeaten record of the latter's stablemate Halogen, who has won easily here and at Bangor but has been taking on modest opposition. Grand Gold was behind Halogen over C&D on his second start while Don't Take Me Alive, Saffa Hill and Rosie's Lady will have to be useful to win this on debut.
Halogen 2-5fav (11-5) Made all, clear 6th, not fluent 2 out, easily, won at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Fine Resolve (10-12) by 9l, 8 ran.
Hilali (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway from 6th, went 2nd after 2 out, led approaching last, cruised clear, very easily, won at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Aug beating Indepub (10-9) by 7l, 8 ran.
King's Wharf (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway after 6th, led 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd beating Feb Thirtyfirst (10-9) by 3l, 12 ran.
Dalmo 12-1 (11-1) Led, not fluent, bumped and headed 2 out, one pace when mistake last, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Hilali (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (3) gd in Aug.
Grand Gold 13-8fav (11-5) With leader, led 4th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten, weakened flat, 5th of 12, 21l behind Halogen (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Adili (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, reminders after 3rd, soon struggling, tailed off, 7th of 12, 40l behind Indepub (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf.
Dont Take Me Alive 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leading trio, went 2nd and hung left from over 2f out, chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Between Us (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug (flat).
Outback (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) In touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Supreme Luxury (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Jun (flat).
Saffa Hill (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) With leader, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Ingleby Angel (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug (flat).
Snowed In (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Prominent until 5th, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Third Half (10-12) at Worcester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Rosie's Lady (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 11f out, led over 9f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 24l behind Foster's Road (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug (flat).