Outback Traveller continued his good progress when scoring for the second time over track and trip 12 days ago. But he's upped a further 5lb for his trouble, while Sandown winner Captain Bob failed to cope with a 6lb rise last time and is not certain to be suited by this stiff course. Cam Hardie takes over on Expert in the hope his 5lb alllowance brings about some improvement but it could pay to give another chance to GLORIOUS EMPIRE. The latter should be suited by the return to 7f having ran well over a mile at Ascot last time, so Ed Walker's charge gets the nod.
Expert (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, never involved, 15th of 24, 8l behind Intrinsic (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf.
Glorious Empire (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden disputing one paced 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo, lost 3rd post, 4th of 11, 3l behind Mange All (8-8) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Outback Traveller (IRE) 9-4 (9-6) Tracked leaders stands' side, led and edged right over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) fm beating Ticking Katie (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Captain Bob (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, soon lost place, no extra, 4th of 7, 4l behind Royal Seal (9-2) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Nezar (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Steadied start, behind, ridden halfway, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 12l behind Go Far (8-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Crowdmania 7-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along tracking leader, led travelling well 3f out, ridden and flashed tail over 1f out, flashed tail and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Mazaaher (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4).