An interesting contest featuring several in-form handicappers and a couple of lightly-raced types who are probably a bit better than they've shown so far. Ebony Clarets and Ingleby Angel are both in the first category and bidding for a hat-trick. The latter is much preferred as he got the better of a protracted duel with Giorgio's Dragon over a mile here last time while the former has only been winning in sellers and claimers. Vital Calling got off the mark at Newcastle last month but See Clearly couldn't follow up his win over 6f here at Ripon and Sardanapalus' second to Fennell Bay at Newmarket in May seems a long time ago now. Ginger Monkey races on Turf for the first time so we're prepared to take a chance on SHATTER. She's only raced once so far this term, at Lingfield in May, but that was a very promising effort and she's potentially well treated in her first handicap so gets the nod.
Vital Calling 11-10fav (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Newcastle 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in Aug beating Snooky (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sardanapalus 6-1 (8-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 13l behind Otto The Great (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Shamrocked (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Bumped start, pushed along and soon prominent, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Scottish Glen (9-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
See Clearly 15-2 (8-7) Went right start, chased leaders, ridden entering final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 7l behind Love Island (8-4) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Ginger Monkey (IRE) 2-1 (9-3) Held up, headway approaching 2f out, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Kinglami (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Aug.
Giorgio's Dragon (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Ingleby Angel (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Shatter (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Led until headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3l behind Dutch Old Master (9-0) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Bitaphon (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 25l behind Sweetnessandlight (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Ebony Clarets 11-4 (8-7) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Redcar 1m 3yo clm (6) gf in Aug beating Icewan (8-11) by nk, 6 ran.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept opn well towards finish, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug beating Giorgio's Dragon (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
Winter Hill 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, effort 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, never troubled leaders, 7th of 13, 13l behind Bitaphon (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Feeling Good 9-2 (9-0) Soon pushed along towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never a factor, 4th of 7, 20l behind Dubawi Island (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Three Darlings (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Set strong pace, hard pressed over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakening when short of room over 1f out, 7th of 11, 17l behind Epoque (8-12) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.