Rich Again has the form to win this and isn't badly treated despite a big weight but his form to date has been on fast ground. LEES ANTHEM is hardly a prolific winner but ran his best race for a long time over 6f on soft ground here last time where he had every chance at this trip. He's handed the vote in the expectation of easy ground though One Kool Dude, another with a very poor strike-rate, has run well on his last two starts on this track. Sir Geoffrey is 5lb higher than his last success though he didn't run badly at Goodwood last month.
Rich Again (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Bronze Beau (9-3) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Ambitious Icarus 10-1 (8-8) Broke well, close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Barkston Ash (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Barkston Ash (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Sir Nod 16-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind George Fenton (9-6) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Pavers Star 16-1 (9-5) In rear, headway on outer over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind Captain Royale (9-12) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Pivotal Prospect 8-1 (8-11) Mid-divisison, driven to chase leaders 2f out to over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 20l behind Imaginary World (9-0) at Newcastle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
One Kool Dude 7-2 (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3l behind John Coffey (9-6) at Newcastle 6f app hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 3l behind Aye Aye Digby (9-7) at Goodwood 5f Handicap (0-75) (6yo+) (5) gd in Aug.
Red Roar (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led until headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Just The Tonic (9-11) at Carlisle 6f ladies hcap (5) gs in Aug.
Lees Anthem 16-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, soon pressed winner, kept on one pace, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Lothair (10-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gs.
Fair Bunny 50-1 (8-7) Led stands' side group, headed over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Meandmyshadow (9-2) at Thirsk 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul '12.
Sharp Shoes 22-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, 11th of 13, 8l behind Sophie's Beau (8-4) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Musical Strike 66-1 (8-2) Mid-division on inside, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 15l behind Gaelic Wizard (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.