Tony Newcombe likes to target this race and the Devon based handler appears to hold the key to this year's renewal. 2010 winner, Witchry, has been below par this season so we believe that last year's victor, TIME MEDICEAN is more likely to follow up. He is 7lb higher in the handicap but a recent victory at Goodwood suggests that he is in good heart. Dream Catcher seems to go well for a female rider and having obliged twice under Amy Scott, Henry Candy's gelding has the services of Cathy Gannon. Baby Strange likes the hustle and bustle of big handicaps and Derek Shaw's gelding was far from disgraced at Goodwood. Rylee Mooch steps up in trip having won well at Leicester, whilst Sutton Veny does need all the gaps to fall at the right time but a step up to six furlongs should suit and her rider's claim will come in handy.
Sutton Veny (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no danger, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Best Be Careful (8-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Baby Strange 25-1 (8-10) Started slowly, behind near side, good headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 28, 5l behind Johannes (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.
Masked Dance (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Raced far side, chased leaders in group, ridden halfway, soon lost place, 17th of 28, 11l behind Johannes (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.
Crew Cut (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden and headway 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind Mr David (8-11) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Medici Time 7-1 (9-7) Behind and soon pushed along, switched towards stands' side rail and driven 2f out, never dangerous, 15th of 19, 12l behind Julius Geezer (9-7) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Time Medicean 22-1 (8-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led post, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul beating Le Toreador (9-5) by shd, 23 ran.
Rylee Mooch 7-2 (9-5) With leader, edged left towards centre over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, won at Leicester 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul beating Rambo Will (9-9) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Dream Catcher (FR) 9-4fav (8-11) Made all, clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul beating Bid For Gold (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Royal Bajan (USA) 50-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 23, 25l behind Time Medicean (8-1) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Emman Bee (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, effort 2f out, one pace when carried right and not much room over 1f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Rustic Deacon (9-4) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Silver Rime (FR) 6-1 (9-11) Dwelt, switched left start, held up in rear, ridden and headway on outside 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 10, 5l behind Chosen Character (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 6-5fav (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Flashbang (9-1) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Tislaam (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Muftarres (9-5) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Adranian (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leader, led again 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Baheeja (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Held up, clsoed 4f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Scottish Lake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Witchry 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 6l behind William Haigh (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Silvee 9-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, no impression when switched sharply left inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 12l behind Avonrose (9-8) at Epsom Downs 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Berbice (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) In rear, headway on outside and edged right over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Partner (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f clm stks (6) gf.
Red Avalanche (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Outpaced, headway on inside halfway, chasing leaders when not much room on rails and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, went 3rd last strides, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Bermondsey Bob (9-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.