The top four in the handicap are all respected but a chance is taken that OKE BAY can make the most of the weight that he receives from the field. The selection is relatively unexposed and has shown improved form since being stepped up to this trip. He was well enough held in a maiden handicap at Goodwood on his penultimate start but this race probably isn't any stronger and he goes to post with a chance. Arab League also makes some appeal at the foot of the weights as he shapes as though he'll stay this far whilst the booking of Ryan Moore for Sinbad The Sailor takes the eye but there are some more reliable options at the head of the weights. Colonel Flay is something of a course specialist although he doesn't always find as much as appears likely but Jack Mitchell knows him well. Murcar hung when coming under pressure at Nottingham but he has been freshened up since and is well enough handicapped if he can be persuaded to put his best foot forwards. Ameeq is a turf maiden but did nothing wrong last time and is well handicapped whilst Isabelonabicycle may not have handled the soft surface last time and had proved consistent prior to that. There are plenty to consider in the finale then but Oke Bay is our suggestion.
Murcar 8-11fav (9-7) Held up, pushed along well over 4f out, ridden and wandered over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 13l behind Rare Ruby (8-5) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Colonel Flay 6-4fav (8-8) Held up, smooth headway from over 3f out, led on bit over 1f out, soon hard ridden, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Sam Lord (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Isabelonabicycle 4-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 27l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-3) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Ameeq (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Leyte Gulf (8-4) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Samurai Warrior 15-8fav (9-8) Keen, led after 2f, ridden and headed 2f out, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Don Pietro (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f 4yo sell stks (6) gd in Jul.
Gandalf 33-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra, last of 8, 18l behind Moon Indigo (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 sft in Jul.
Mohawk Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Mid-division, driven and headway over 6f out, chased leaders over 3f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 7l behind Ambrose Princess (8-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Paddy Rielly (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Prominent, 2nd over 4f out, led over 3f out, soon ridden, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Sir Boss (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Babilu 9-4fav (9-4) Held up, headway 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on, won at Chepstow 2m clm stks (6) sft in Jul beating Hill Of Clare (9-2) by 1l, 9 ran.
Sinbad The Sailor 12-1 (9-10) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 10l behind Curacao (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Home 13-2 (9-7) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Star Of Pompey (9-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Arab League (IRE) 4-1fav (10-4) Mid-division, headway from 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Sagunt (11-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jul.
Saborido (USA) 13-2 (9-5) Held up, pushed along before halfway, struggling 3f out, plugged on past beaten horses final 1f, 4th of 8, 10l behind Halfway House (9-7) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Oke Bay 4-1 (8-8) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, staying on when not much room well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Astroleo (8-2) at Southwell 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jul.