KIWI BAY won this in 2010 and a year later and has the ideal draw as he's a front runner. He was beaten narrowly by Ingleby Angel in a qualifier in August with his stablemate Hakuna Matata just behind but can reverse the form with the winner, who has scored again since at Haydock and shot up the weights as a consequence. Swiftly Done won a qualifier last month narrowly from No Dominion with Toto Skyllachy and Satanic Beat just behind. The winner needs soft ground and if conditions are in his favour, he can confirm the form. Tim Easterby always likes a crack at this and is triple-handed with Lilac Lace, who has shown herself best on Polytrack or fast ground, probably the best of them though she wouldn't want more rain. Snooky was in excellent form at this time a year ago and is better than recent form figures suggest. The three-year-olds Black Rider and Surround Sound fought out the finish of a 7f handicap at Newcastle in June and are at the right end of this ultra-tough handicap.
Swiftly Done (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, switched right and headway on outside over 2f out, hung left inside final 2f, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep beating Yojimbo (8-10) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Toto Skyllachy 12-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 14l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Jo'burg (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Alakhan (9-0) at Redcar 1m sell stks (5) gd in Sep.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 15, 9l behind Swiftly Done (9-7) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Sound Advice 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner until inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Dream Walker (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Lilac Lace (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, not much room 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace and no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind China Creek (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
No Dominion (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 3f out, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, just held for 2nd, no impression, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Satanic Beat (9-10) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Snooky 9-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 14l behind Multi Bene (9-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Kiwi Bay 16-1 (9-10) Raced keenly, led early, pressed winner, ridden well over 1f out, no extra and lost place inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 4l behind Satanic Beat (9-10) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Hakuna Matata 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, effort on outside 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 10, 8l behind Fazza (8-10) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Desert Revolution 13-2 (9-0) Mid-division, chased leaders halfway, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 32l behind Swiftly Done (9-7) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Eeny Mac (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up rear division, pushed along over 3f out, hung left over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 21l behind Rhombus (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Steelriver (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung right over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 14, 4l behind Cornrow (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Copperwood 50-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 22nd of 25, 20l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Broctune Papa Gio 12-1 (9-10) Tracking leaders when switched right to near side over 5f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 12l behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Black Rider (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Always in rear, last of 5, 8l behind Bousatet (8-8) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Surround Sound 7-2 (9-1) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 10, hd behind Black Rider (9-2) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Jonny Lesters Hair (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led until headed entering final 3f, chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 6l behind Artful Prince (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.