Unknown Villain comes out best on official ratings but arrives out of form and is overlooked in favour of RICH FOREVER, who was noted putting in a strong late burst over an extended 7f at Beverley last time and will be ideally suited by this trip, especially with Paul Hanagan keeping the ride. Neither Dark Ocean nor Aglaophonos have ever won a race and both were beaten favourites last time while World Record was beaten a long way at Carlisle.
Unknown Villain (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Kyllachy Rise (9-5) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Dark Ocean (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Hampered start, held up behind, headway well over 1f out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 11, 4l behind The Scuttler (8-13) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Aglaophonos 9-2fav (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, no impression and well beaten after, 11th of 16, 22l behind Look On By (8-1) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Rich Forever (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sardanapalus (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
World Record (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Soon led, headed well over 2f out, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 40l behind Sennockian Star (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.