This has attracted a big field and those drawn high will have to break smartly if they are to avoid taking the scenic route. They include Tapis Libre, who is on a five-timer, San Cassiano and course and distance winner Forget Me Not Lane. Kashmir Peak shaped with promise on his return to the Flat at Ayr while the once-raced Ajman Bridge could be anything. Blighty had little more than an exercise canter at Southwell and is also unexposed while Wellingrove shouldn't be far away. But TRIPLE EIGHT had excuses when a beaten favourite at Ripon and is fancied to recapture the winning thread as he's undoubtedly improved this year.
Kashmir Peak (IRE) 15-8fav (8-11) Tracked leader after 1f, challenged from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not pace of winner in closing stages, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Spirit Of The Law (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
San Cassiano (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, headed over 7f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 13, 24l behind Rhombus (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Tapis Libre 9-4 (10-0) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f ldy hcp (4) gf in Jul beating Sky Khan (10-7) by nk, 5 ran.
Moccasin (FR) 12-1 (9-4) Always in rear, pushed along and struggling 3f out, last of 8, 13l behind Classic Punch (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Triple Eight (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway when switched left 2f out, rider dropped reins soon after, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Maven (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
La Noe (8-8) won at Pont De Vivaux(FR) 1m 2f 3yo hcp fbs in Dec beating Ticinello (8-13) by 1l, 14 ran.
Ajman Bridge 20-1 (9-0) Soon in touch on inside, good headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, eased close home, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Rangi (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Arc Light (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Dwelt in rear, headway to track leaders 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 19, 5l behind Cosmic Halo (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Swindy 9-2fav (9-3) Prominent, led after 3f, swerved badly left and ran out over 6f out, in a race won by Gottany O's (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug '11, 8 ran.
Blighty (IRE) 1-7fav (9-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led on bit over 2f out, soon clear, very easily, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Aug beating Roger Thorpe (9-8) by 6l, 8 ran.
Woody Bay 9-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden entering final furlong, never a factor, 6th of 8, 7l behind Altharoos (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Nordic Quest (IRE) 13-2 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Court Pastoral (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, hung left approaching final furlong, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 12l behind Montefeltro (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Forget Me Not Lane (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Led, headed 7f out, led again approaching final 3f, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Don Padeja (8-11) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Never Forever 8-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 12l behind Elhaame (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Wellingrove (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 12l behind Multi Bene (9-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Correggio 6-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 5th of 6, 10l behind Lyric Piece (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.