This is wide open on the face of it but CAPE EXPLORER looks to have plenty in his favour. He bids for a hat trick after scoring on fast ground over today's trip at Leicester last time and this looks no tougher despite a 4lb rise. It's easy to pick holes with the remainder as Bath winner Highland Duke is upped in class and Hip Hip Hooray has something to prove over the distance having scored over a mile here last time. Mizbah has been running well over longer trips while Hot Spice and Icebuster have the past form to figure but both ran below par on their latest starts.
Icebuster 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 12, 17l behind Postscript (9-2) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Sim Sala Bim 7-2 (9-6) Held up, not much room on inside over 5f out, hampered over 4f out, ridden and not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Tahaamah (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun '11.
Brigadoon 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd entering final 2f, ridden to lead entering final furlong, just held on, all out, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug beating Spartan Spirit (9-8) by shd, 7 ran.
Hot Spice 16-1 (9-7) Always in rear, last of 9, 21l behind Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Hurakan (IRE) 5-2fav (8-8) Tracked leader until over 6f out, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind No Compromise (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Nelson's Bay 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Kiz Kulesi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Mizbah 11-2 (9-3) Held up in touch and in rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Kunegunda (9-5) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Know No Fear 13-2 (9-13) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, pulled way up to lead inside final mile, soon clear, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Belle Park (8-9) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Eagle Nebula 20-1 (10-0) In touch in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Semeen (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Highland Duke (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Keen early, tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon hard ridden, forged clear entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating James Pollard (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Cape Explorer 10-3fav (8-4) Prominent, led over 7f out, ridden 2f out, ran on, gamely, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Watered Silk (9-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Hip Hip Hooray 9-2 (9-2) Towards rear, headway towards outside over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Push Me (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Poetic Lord 9-4fav (9-0) Went right start and bumped into rivals, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Bravo Echo (9-7) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Quixote 11-2 (9-0) In touch, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Bright Abbey (9-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Talk Of The North 15-2 (9-3) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 15l behind Fleur De La Vie (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.