There have been 10 different jockeys on board The Bells O Peover in his last 11 starts and Joe Fanning rides the top weight for the first time in 18 months today. He's 6lb lower than his last winning mark and was only beaten a neck over 1m4f at Epsom last time so has to have every chance eased in grade. LA BACOUETTEUSE clearly likes it here, however, and seems more reliable. He's only been raised a couple of pounds since edging out Stormy Morning by a head over 1m4f here last time and can follow up. Grand Art and Geanie Mac also arrive in decent form while Sohcahtoa and useful jumper Silk Drum can't be ignored but Mason Hindmarsh and Nay Secret return from a lengthy absence.
The Bells O Peover 8-1 (11-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, nk behind Novirak (11-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Royal Entourage 20-1 (9-0) Stumbled slightly start, always towards rear, weakened over 4f out, last of 10, well behind Bowdler's Magic (9-7) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 7-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead last strides, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Stormy Morning (9-3) by hd, 10 ran.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, plugged on and never dangerous, 5th of 10, 13l behind Solar View (8-3) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Singzak 6-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Headline News (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Silk Drum (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Prominent until ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, well behind Bandanaman (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Mason Hindmarsh 25-1 (8-9) Led 3f, tracked leader, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, 8th of 10, 34l behind Los Nadis (9-1) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Grand Art (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Jawaab (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Nay Secret 11-4 (8-5) Held up in 4th, outpaced and dropped to rear 4f out, kept on under pressure to regain 4th 1f out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 6, 7l behind Forrest Flyer (9-7) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Geanie Mac (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, led again 5f out, edged left over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Grand Art (9-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.