Flying Doctor and Vallani both arrive here chasing a hat-trick, the latter having scored twice over C&D recently. Mahkzoon also likes it here while Bondage has been knocking on the door in Ireland since losing a race in the stewards' room at Sligo in July. Is It Me was a game winner over 3m3f at Newton Abbot after finishing second to Flying Doctor at Cartmel but the pick of the weights could be SOPRANO. Henry Brooke takes 3lb off Jim Goldie's 10-year-old meaning he's effectively only a pound higher than when winning at Kelso late last year and he's had a couple of outings on the Flat lately to blow away any cobwebs. Dj Milan has ability but has disappointed since winning at Wetherby in May.
Makhzoon (USA) 18-1 (10-11) Mid-division, struggling 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind What A Steel (9-11) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jul.
Pegasus Prince (USA) 18-1 (11-8) With leadaers, lost place 7th, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 10, 24l behind On The Right Path (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May.
Dj Milan (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Made most to 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 48l behind Glingerbank (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Aug.
Bondage (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) In rear, some progress 3 out, ridden in 4th next, no impression, 4th of 9, 17l behind Definite Ridge (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Latin Connection (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Waited with, closed into 6th before 2 out, 5th and kept on without threatening from last, 5th of 19, 5l behind Street Runner (10-2) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gs in Aug.
Diddley Dee 18-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden and some headway approaching 3 out, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 16l behind Gormanstown Cuckoo (11-11) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Is It Me (USA) 3-1fav (10-8) Led, headed 3 out, soon ridden, led again last, stayed on gamely, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Absolute Shambles (9-12) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Flying Doctor 11-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 7th, not fluent 3 out, soon led, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Aug beating Stand Clear (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Western Bound (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always in rear, weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Glingerbank (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Soprano (GER) 14-1 (9-13) Towards rear, pushed along after 7th, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 30l behind Cloudy Too (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Solis (GER) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, lost place 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened before last, 6th of 7, 19l behind Spirit Of A Nation (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Aug.
Drop Anchor (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Aug, 18 ran.
Vallani (IRE) 2-1fav (10-13) Disputed 2nd, effort to challenge on long run between last 2, led before last, ridden clear flat, eased near finish, won at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Aug beating Dundock (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.