Ability to handle soft ground will come into the equation by the time this lot leave the gates. RUSTY ROCKET's best form is over 5f and he races off the same mark as when just touched off at Haydock three runs ago. Seemingly well drawn, the top weight can get the better of Hamilton second Towbee, whose recent form is over 6f, and Gowanharry. The latter should go close under a talented 5lb claimer, however, while Threes Grand may prove the pick of the three-year-olds. Triple Dream, Wolverhampton winner R Woody and old-timer Cheveton are others to consider and Silvanus has each-way claims but Sharaarah appears in the handicapper's grip now and Mary's Daughter has been largely disappointing this year.
Rusty Rocket (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Chased leader until entering final 2f, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Ocean Tempest (9-7) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Sharaarah (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Storm Moon (9-4) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Threes Grand 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division far side, ridden over 1f out, one pace in 5th of far side group, 14th of 24, 6l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Chester Aristocrat 25-1 (9-3) Led centre group and overall leader, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 9th of 15, 5l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Mary's Daughter 22-1 (9-3) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, finished 11th in far side group, 23rd of 27, 14l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Noodles Blue Boy 16-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 4l behind New Fforest (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Towbee 33-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on and caught close home, 2nd of 16, hd behind Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Bronze Beau 22-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Ambitious Icarus (8-7) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Flash City (ITY) 12-1 (9-1) Slowly away in touch in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and soon every chance, no extra towards finish, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Angel Way (8-10) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Cheveton 16-1 (8-12) Led stand side pair and on terms, under pressure and weakened when groups merged over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Spokeswoman (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up, took keen hold, ridden and no headway final 2f, last of 11, 7l behind Hoodna (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Silvanus (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ambitious Icarus (8-7) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Gowanharry (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Close up stand side, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, 3rd of stand side group, 4th of 24, 3/4l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Ambitious Icarus 4-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Perfect Pasture (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Triple Dream 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Dangerous Age (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Millkwood 3-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, led main group and edged left over 1f out, no impression on winner when lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Intrinsic (9-5) at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
R Woody 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead when edged right over 1f out, kept on when hard pressed inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Sep beating Dick Bos (9-12) by nk, 9 ran.