With a decent record at this track AMAZING KING should be crowned the winner of this handicap ahead of Sporting Gesture and Ballade De La Mer. Two wins from three starts is the track record of the selection and although both of those came when taking on hurdles he proved he is just a effective on the level with a win at Yarmouth on his penultimate start. He then ran well, finding just one to good, next time up under his current mark and with his liking for this venue he looks the call. Sporting Gesture has a six pounds penalty to overcome after success on his last start and although his pilot eases that with his claim it might just stop him following up. Ballade De La Mer finally showed some ability when stepped up to this sort of trip last time and given he is unexposed he could show even more here off of bottom weight. Ifatfirst is more than capable on his day but looks a little up against it under top weight so in the lucky last we like Amazing King.
Ifatfirst (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Held up, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 8l behind Simonside (9-8) at Carlisle 1m 3f ldy hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Amazing King (IRE) 3-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, soon chasing winner, strong challenge inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Shifting Gold (8-8) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Mister Fizzbomb (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, lost place 3f out, 8th of 14, 17l behind Covert Mission (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcap (6) gs in Oct.
Sporting Gesture 20-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway and switched right over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, driven to lead narrowly well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Maslak (10-0) by nk, 13 ran.
A Chailin Mo Chroi (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Always towards rear, last of 16, 48l behind Le Leopard (9-11) at Wexford 1m 6f hcp 0-65 sft in May.
Bed Fellow (IRE) 40-1 (7-12) Chased clear leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 12l behind Piverina (8-4) at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Berriedale 7-2 (8-10) Always behind, 8th of 9, 29l behind Shifting Gold (8-8) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Petella 16-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to track leader, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Upton Seas (8-11) at Thirsk 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Ballade de La Mer 66-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, outpaced over 4f out, kept on from over 1f out, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Alicante (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.