Plenty of the runners come into this ultra competitive handicap on form but we'll opt to support WHITE DEER, who looks good value for his mark rise after victory last time and he should confirm his superiority over Opus Maximus while the assessor might just stop Collateral Damage completing a four timer. A winner by four lengths over course and distance last time the pick has seen his burden increase by six pounds and while this is tougher he's held his own at this level in the past so while in this mood we'll take our chance again. Mountain Cat is another we can throw into calculations here with Alan Swinbank's charge in top order at the moment and he still looks well weighted with a top conditional removing five pounds from his load. Collateral Damage is now 10lbs higher than when starting his winning sequence and although his pilot's claim makes his new mark more manageable he only just got home last time. A very good contest this where White Deer is a marginal pick.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Prince Siegfried (8-8) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4l behind White Deer (9-3) at Redcar 1m clm stks (4) gf in Sep.
Mountain Cat (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Stumbled start, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Intense (9-0) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
White Deer (USA) 11-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 2f out, switched right to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Redcar 1m clm stks (4) gf in Sep beating Opus Maximus (9-9) by 4l, 12 ran.
Just Bond (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Always in rear, last of 10, 11l behind Mull Of Killough (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Celtic Change (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Went right start, pushed along to soon lead, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 8l behind Faithful Ruler (9-4) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) In touch, challenged 2f out, led over 1f out, headed narrowly entering final furlong, regained lead final 100 yards, held on gamely, won at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Gala Casino Star (9-8) by hd, 11 ran.
Reel Buddy Star 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, every chance 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Mull Of Killough (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Charlie Tipple 5-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 8l behind Keisha Kayleigh (8-2) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 66-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Summer Gold (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) In touch, chased winner over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Gripsholm Castle (9-8) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Arizona John (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) In touch, smooth headway over 1f out, soon every chance, hard ridden to lead post, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating King Columbo (8-12) by ns, 8 ran.
Observatory Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway 1f out, driven and ran on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Without Prejudice (9-2) at York 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Daaweitza 25-1 (8-10) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened, 8th of 13, 6l behind Farleigh House (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Toledo Gold (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Led to 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 9l behind Just Bond (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.