Ispahan, Master Mahogany and Arctic Cape are the trio that make the shortlist here with ISPAHAN taken to continue his good form and win off top weight. He was a sound second in a good handicap here last time, and although he has been raised another three pounds for that sound effort, his earlier win over this course and distance was a very good performance with the runner up an effortless winner next time. That success also came on an easy surface, and although today¿s ground may prove more testing, he should be able to handle it. Two years his junior, Arctic Cape ran well last time to be second, and it is worth noting that his only previous success came on an easy surface. He can reach the frame. Master Mahogany was not winning out of turn when scoring at Goodwood last time, and although this trip may be on the sharp side, the stiff uphill finish looks sure to suit, and any rain would help the seven-year-old¿s cause. He looks a major threat off only a three pound higher mark, but Ispahan loves it round here and can score again over this course and distance.
Isphahan 13-2 (9-2) In touch, chased leader 2f out, led over 1f out, hard ridden and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Fervent Prince (9-8) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Marvo 10-3 (11-2) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 3f out, switched right over 1f out, hung left when weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 17l behind Elite Land (10-6) at Catterick 1m 4f amt hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Bigfanofthat (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden along 3f out, soon beaten, 11th of 16, 37l behind Perks (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Eastern Emperor 9-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 3l behind Sotik Star (9-9) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Opera Prince 5-2fav (8-13) Chased leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Shifting Star (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Arctic Cape 5-1 (9-7) Held up, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left and stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Last Sovereign (9-11) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Rescue Me 5-2fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, effort over 2f out, kept on, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Sotik Star (9-9) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Hawaana (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, effort 2f out, not reach leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3l behind Grande Annee (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Bold Cross (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Steadied start, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on, never dangerous, 4th of 12, 1l behind Sotik Star (9-9) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Penchesco (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Admiral Dundas (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Harare 10-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no response, 11th of 12, 13l behind Bold Cross (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Master Mahogany 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, pressed leader entering final furlong, led close home, won at Goodwood 1m 1f amt hcp (5) sft in Aug beating Admirals Way (10-6) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Addwaitya 4-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on until weakened and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Ebn Malk (9-6) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Esenin 100-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden over 4f out, soon lost touch and pulled up in race won by Ragdollianna (9-11) at Warwick 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug, 8 ran.