Dr Irv has done superbly since being stepped up to this trip and has won three of his last four including a length victory over Aleksandar at Catterick in July. The latter is much better off at the weights but has run poorly subsequently and the positions can be confirmed. Jan Smuts keeps finding one too good and has gone up in the weights without winning while it's over a year since Bowdler's Magic showed any real sign of form. HIT THE JACKPOT had never raced beyond 1m2f before finishing fourth in a similar class event at York last Sunday. He doesn't have much more to do here and, now connections know he stays the trip, he can gain his first success since Galway in 2011.
Dr Irv 9-4fav (9-6) Steadied in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, led entering final furlong, soon challenged, all out, just held on, won at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Rosairlie (9-7) by nk, 6 ran.
Man Of Plenty 5-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 5l behind Almagest (9-12) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Merchant Of Dubai 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 10f out, ridden over 3f out, not able to get back on terms, 6th of 9, 12l behind Platinum (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Bowdler's Magic 12-1 (9-8) Held up in touch in 4th, ridden to chase winner 2f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Gabrial's Star (9-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Hit The Jackpot (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Eagle Rock (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Aleksandar 4-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 9, 11l behind Platinum (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Blue Top (9-4) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Federal Blue (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in mid-division, weakened well over 2f out, 9th of 10, 41l behind Ballinderry Boy (8-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp (4) pol.