Easy to get tied in knots with all the collateral form on offer but KIWI BAY gets the tentative vote to win this race for the third time in a row. He won a qualifier for today's final over C&D in June when the going was soft and can bounce back after a below-par effort behind Jo'Burg last time. The latter scored over track and trip last month with Rio Grande in second and a number of these further behind including Ingleby Exceed. David O'Meara's charge took his turn to win over C&D in August beating Hakuna Matata and subsequent winner Dolphin Rock but would prefer faster going. Away from those convuluted form lines, King Of Paradise should give a good account.
Jo'burg (USA) 11-1 (9-5) Held up in rear far side, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 12th of 28, 10l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Kiwi Bay 8-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 13, 8l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Rio Grande 33-1 (9-5) Raced alone on far rail and slight lead overall, driven along 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Ginger Jack 10-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Ingleby Exceed (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, effort to lead inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, held on, won at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Main Beach (9-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Blues Jazz 22-1 (9-4) In touch in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, last of 4, 9l behind Gregorian (9-0) at Hamilton 1m cond Stakes (3) hvy in Sep.
Nameitwhatyoulike 5-1 (8-8) Behind, pushed along over 2f out, headway 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Sweetnessandlight (8-1) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Next Edition (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led main group, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Hakuna Matata 4-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 13, 1l behind Ingleby Exceed (9-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Dolphin Rock 10-3fav (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Multi Bene (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Broctune Papa Gio 5-1fav (9-7) In touch, good headway 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep beating Thrust Control (8-5) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 9-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon eased, 12th of 17, 9l behind Talent Scout (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Aquarian Spirit 16-1 (8-10) Prominent in main group, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 22-1 (8-5) Towards rear far side, effort to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 19th of 28, 21l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway and hung left inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Copperwood (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
File And Paint (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Clumber Place (8-10) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 15l behind High Resolution (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.