Las Verglas Star won this a year ago from a 5lb higher mark but, though his young rider's claim will help, he has had 15 subsequent races without winning and prefers plenty of give. Redact started his career in 2011 with a double but hasn't won since. He's consequently dropped to a lowly mark and was staying on strongly over a mile at Ascot last time. The progressive Ennistown dropped back to this trip to record a comfortable victory at Haydock for which he's been raised 8lb and the vote goes to CROQUEMBOUCHE, who is in tremendous form and though racing at this level for the first time won so easily at Bath that a hat-trick beckons.
Ottoman Empire (FR) 9-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden when squeezed for room approaching straight and soon no extra, eased when beaten inside final furlong, last of 16, 26l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf in Jul.
Awake My Soul (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and weakened final 3f, last of 14, 23l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Redact (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division on outside, pushed along over 2f out, heeadway on outer over 1f out, stayed on to 4th inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 10, 4l behind Nine Realms (9-8) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Ennistown 11-2 (8-12) Steadied start, held up, headway on inside from 3f out, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Gworn (8-11) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Spifer (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Nabucco (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Muharrib (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Mid-division on outside, pushed along and lost place 5f out, soon behind, last of 14, 36l behind Short Squeeze (8-3) at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Croquembouche (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Made all, driven along final 2f, stayed on gamely, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Dandy (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Zain Eagle (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gs.