Dolphin Rock has won three times in the past year and may be a few pounds high but STAFF SERGEANT has won off higher marks so looks the one to be on. He won a Musselburgh handicap in May and has been given a break since a moderate run on very fast ground at Carlisle a fortnight later. Paramour is consistent enough in this sort of grade but Steel Stockholder's victories are confined to class 5 handicaps these days. The Osteopath is aiming for his 10th victory and would be a threat if the going eases.
Venutius 10-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, 8th of 9, 25l behind Classic Punch (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Dolphin Rock 4-1fav (9-7) Chased winner until over 3f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Stellar Express (9-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Tiger Reigns 12-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, driven 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 14l behind Whispering Warrior (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Steel Stockholder 40-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and stayed on under pressure on outside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 7l behind Frog Hollow (9-6) at York 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Staff Sergeant 5-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Pacific Heights (8-12) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Kay Gee Be (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 13l behind Able Master (9-13) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
The Osteopath (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Took keen hold held up, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, last of 7, 5l behind Postscript (9-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Junket 9-2 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind George Baker (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Paramour 9-2 (9-13) Always prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind True Pleasure (8-9) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Fazza 50-1 (9-2) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 9, 7l behind Silverheels (9-11) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Led until over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 19l behind Hakuna Matata (8-12) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.