LAS VERGLAS STAR didn't do himself justice on fast ground at York in August but came right back to form on a softer surface at Pontefract last month when Sirvino was almost four lengths behind in third. Runner-up Little Rocky won easily at Bath last week so the form has a solid look about it and Richard Fahey's grey looks to the one to beat again. First Mohican has won both starts to date, albeit two years apart. He had obviously been showing plenty at home before last month's reappearance at Redcar as he went off favourite and a similar showing here will put him in the mix. Art Scholar has a penalty for last week's C&D victory but is having a good season, as is Kalk Bay, while Swynmor was only beaten a short-head on heavy ground at Chester last time though is 3lb higher now. Stand To Reason, Rock A Doodle Doo and Sandusky could all figure if back to their best but are high enough in the weights at present.
Stand To Reason (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 19, 11l behind Kirthill (10-0) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Sirvino 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Las Verglas Star (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep beating Little Rocky (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 19, 22l behind Willing Foe (9-2) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
First Mohican 7-4fav (9-5) Keen early, in touch on outside until settled mid-division after 3f, steady headway over 3f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well when hard pressed final furlong, won at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Docs Legacy (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Mawaakef (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 6th of 11, 4l behind Basseterre (8-8) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Sandusky 16-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Roxy Flyer (9-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Art Scholar (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, steady headway from 3f out, led approaching final furlong, pushed clear, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Cactus Valley (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bollin Greta 16-1 (9-12) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 13l behind Sir Graham Wade (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Close up in 4th, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 18l behind Las Verglas Star (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep.
Brunston 66-1 (9-4) Last pair, ridden and struggling 3f out, never a factor, last of 9, 32l behind Borug (8-10) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Demolition 9-1 (9-8) Soon prominent, went 2nd over 5f out, ridden to lead 3f out, headed over 2f out, no impression on winner final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Universal (8-13) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Hung Parliament (FR) 66-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Ellemujie 17-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, never a factor, 4th of 9, 12l behind Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Swnymor (IRE) 7-1 (8-6) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway when bumped over 2f out, ridden and hung left 1f out, led well inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 11, shd behind Deia Sunrise (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Barren Brook 8-1 (9-7) Missed break, in rear, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 11l behind First Mohican (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.