No fewer than four last-time-out winners line up here but there are reasons to oppose all of them. Avertuoso is now 10lb higher than when scoring for this rider at Catterick, Cardinal looks to need every yard of six furlongs, Wreningham hasn't won on turf away from Yarmouth and Speedyfix has struggled off much lower marks in the past and appears to have been very harshly treated by the handicapper. With that in mind we'll take a chance on FIRST SWALLOW, whose best form so far has come at Southwell. However, he has won over this trip on turf and that success came on similar ground under Paul Hanagan off just a pound lower. The more the sun shines the worse his chance becomes but we're keen to side with him ahead of the strong-travelling Towy Boy who hasn't yet won on turf, with Bouncy Bouncy considered the biggest threat back on a suitable surface with Spencer up for the first time.
Avertuoso 3-1fav (11-1) Dwelt, in touch, ridden to lead 1f out, soon clear, won at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) sft beating Choc'a'moca (10-2) by 3l, 12 ran.
Cardinal 11-2 (9-2) Held up mid-division on inside, headway and switched left when not much room over 1f out, kept on to lead final 100 yards, eased close home, won at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Ivory Silk (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Stolt (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Mid-division, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 16, 18l behind Mayoman (9-7) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Speedyfix 10-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outer just under 2f out, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden, drew clear last 150 yards, won at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep beating Little Rufus (9-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Speak The Truth (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Went right start, with leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 5l behind Hatta Stream (9-2) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Wreningham 11-4fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, rallied well inside final furlong to lead post, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug beating Guto (9-0) by ns, 7 ran.
First Swallow 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 9l behind Cross of Lorraine (8-13) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Tamarind Hill (IRE) 40-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, edged right entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ajjaadd (9-1) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Lucky Art (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Select Committee (9-5) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Towy Boy (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway and not much room entering final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Grand Stitch (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Drumpellier (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) With leader, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Red Roar (9-0) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Fromsong (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, ridden and weakened towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Sweet Gale (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Senate Majority 16-1 (8-12) Bumped start, held up in rear, headway when hampered and snatched up over 1f out, not recover, 10th of 15, 9l behind Hatta Stream (9-2) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Mr Funshine 14-1 (8-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 11th of 15, 7l behind Top Bid (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Alacity (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up, not troubled leaders, 12th of 14, 11l behind Red River Boy (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Bouncy Bouncy (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 12, 5l behind Dreamacha (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Danum Dancer 7-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 5l behind Commander Wish (8-0) at Nottingham 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft.