The term wide-open was invented for handicaps like this but with a weight-for-age allowance HONEST BROKER has terms in his favour and with his yard still in form lands the call at the expense of the ultra consistent Polish World and improving Shunkawakhan. A winner twice in the last five starts the selection only found the one too good off this mark last time out. That run gives him a clear chance as does his favourable position in the weights. Polish World notched up a hat-trick in June and based on his penultimate start still looks competitive off this mark, however, he has something to prove after his last outing. Shukawakhan has progressed in three starts this term and further progression is likely with 1lb removed from his back. Botham is respected after his last three runs but he looks to be developing a case of Seconditus so preference in a race where a number have chances is for Honest Broker.
Polish World (USA) 15-8fav (9-11) Ridden, soon led, set strong gallop, stayed far side alone over 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 7, 6l behind Seldom (9-2) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Burns Night 16-1 (9-2) Held up behind, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 11l behind Polish World (7-11) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Cara's Request (AUS) 7-1 (9-1) In touch and keen, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 31l behind Justonefortheroad (9-4) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Star Links (USA) 12-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 9th of 15, 10l behind Sixteen Forty Two (9-8) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 60-90 gf.
Honest Broker (IRE) 10-3 (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra near finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Seldom (9-2) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 12-1 (9-7) In rear, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly final furlong to go 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Gemma's Delight (8-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ocean Rosie (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along 4f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 17l behind Rule Maker (9-3) at Windsor 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Botham (USA) 9-4fav (9-2) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, gaining near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Revue Princess (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Zabeel Tower 2-1 (9-5) Tracked leading trio, ridden to dispute well held 3rd over 1f out, ridden and weakened last half furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Step In Time (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Clumber Place 8-1 (9-1) With leaders, ridden 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Flouncing (9-10) at Thirsk 6f fll hcp (5) gd.
Hosanna 7-2 (8-9) Went left start, took keen hold, tracked winner, pushed along 3f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, no extra final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Step In Time (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Shunkawakhan (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, ridden and went 2nd well over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Step In Time (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gemma's Delight (IRE) 18-1 (8-3) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, headway to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Elijah Pepper (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Sendreni (FR) 18-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 22l behind Angaric (8-12) at Hamilton 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.