Polisky looked sure to win at Ascot last Saturday when hitting in the front. But, not for the first time, found little under pressure and was collared on the line by the rallying Kris Cross. He has an extra quarter-mile to cover here and could be vulnerable again. This may be too far for Milarrow while Cnoc Seoda is woefully out of form but Susquehanna River won over 3m1f at Wetherby before finishing third at Aintree and Doubletoilntrouble was well backed on his reappearance at Leicester, though well beaten. TOP DANCER won over a marathon trip at Cheltenham in April and ran well enough on his comeback at Warwick to suggest he'll be adding to his tally this winter. Jamie Codd is a very significant jockey booking and he gets the vote.
Cnoc Seoda (IRE) 9-1 (10-3) Always behind, 9th of 11, well behind Foxcub (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Polisky (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Held up and behind, good headway to 3rd approaching 16th, went 2nd 3 out, going well approaching 2 out, led with rider looking round approaching last, over 2 lengths ahead when hung left and idled flat, caught final strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Kris Cross (10-3) at Ascot 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Milarrow (IRE) 13-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 4 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, last of 6, 33l behind Special Account (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Top Dancer (FR) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway from 13th, never able to get on terms, weakened 2 out, 4th of 9, 25l behind Guess Again (11-6) at Warwick 3m 2f (4) gs.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Pressed leader, led 8th, blundered badly and headed next, not fluent 13th, ridden in 4th 15th, weakened 2 out, left 3rd before last, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Samingarry (10-2) at Aintree 3m 1f (3) gd in Oct.
Doubletoilntrouble (IRE) 5-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st or 3 out, ridden and one pace from next, not fluent last, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 24l behind Smart Catch (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.