Not surprisingly there are plenty of the 17 runners declared for this handicap that can be given a solid chance including the consistent Bonnie Charlie and Mark Johnston's Thebes, who ran better here when returned to seven furlongs earlier this month, but marginal preference is for ZOMERLUST. John Quinn's gelding has been in good from of late with recent wins at York and Ayr to his name and he may be worth siding with to resume winning ways here off the same mark as when a close fourth at Ayr last month. Hugh Morrison's Felday is less exposed than most of these after just nine starts but a 6lb penalty for his win at York last month makes this tougher and of more interest may be Giganticus, who was not disgraced in an even more competitive handicap at Ascot last time. Jeremy Noseda's Without Prejudice seems to be in the grip of the handicapper at present and of more interest may be Peter Chapple-Hyam's Shallal, who should do better on the ground today having struggled under testing conditions in his last two starts. Richard Fahey's runners have been in good form most of the season so Mister Hardy cannot be discounted. Richard Hannon's Bonnie Charlie has shown a decent level of form and has to be considered but preference is for the in-form Zomerlust.
Giganticus (USA) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 5th of 28, 1 3/4l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Foolin Myself 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leader and keen, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Gitano Hernando (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Sep.
Marine Boy (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Mid-division, ridden and effort 2f out to over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 14l behind Regal Parade (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in May.
Bonnie Charlie 33-1 (9-0) Behind, headway over 2f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 4th of 20, 1 3/4l behind Royal Rock (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Shallal 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, soon struggling, last of 8, 23l behind High Standing (9-3) at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
Mister Hardy 16-1 (8-11) In touch, not clear run on inside well over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 6th of 28, 2 3/4l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Photographic 11-1 (9-4) 5th of 15, 2l behind Greenisland (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jul.
Thebes 17-2 (8-10) Prominent, running on up inside rail and challenging when badly hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Aldermoor (8-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Big Noise 18-1 (8-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong but no danger, 12th of 28, 4 1/2l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Without Prejudice (USA) 4-1 (8-11) Toon led, hard ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened under pressure final furlong, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Kyllachy Star (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Esoterica (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, beaten when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 12, 7l behind Desert Dreamer (8-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Zomerlust 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Harrison George (9-4) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Agente Parmigiano (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, going on close home, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Akhenaten (8-10) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Felday 11-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, shaken up to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at York 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Balata (9-2) by 4l, 19 ran.
Thunderous Mood (USA) 50-1 (8-8) Held up and always in rear, 9th of 12, 7l behind Rulesn'regulations (8-6) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Frognal (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on when hampered well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Lindoro (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Classic Descent 7-1 (10-0) In touch, switched left 2f out, soon losing place and hampered, 6th of 9, 6l behind Street Power (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.