A 4lb drop in the handicap, the application of first-time blinkers and the presence in the plate of Paul Hanagan suggests that tonight is the night to be with MY ONE WEAKNESS, who we hope can return to winning form. Ripon winner Walvis Bay carries a penalty for that success over this trip, but previous efforts from this sort of mark are not encouraging. Mon Brav, Ignatieff and High Spice have all obliged over this distance in recent runs, but the assessor may just have the measure of that trio, and Magical Macey may be more of a threat from his current pitch. Even so, My One Weakness has his best chance for some time and gets the vote.
Magical Macey (USA) 25-1 (8-7) Hampered start, soon close up, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 6l behind Perfect Blossom (8-5) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Walvis Bay (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Made all and always travelling well, shaken up and came clear inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Secret Millionaire (9-6) by 2l, 7 ran.
High Spice (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Held up tracking leaders, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Walvis Bay (9-2) at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Ignatieff (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Led, ridden halfway, headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Perfect Blossom (8-5) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Mon Brav 7-1 (8-7) Badly outpaced, never on terms, 8th of 10, 10l behind Luscivious (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
My One Weakness (IRE) 8-1 (7-10) Reared start, chased leaders until weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 22l behind Golden Shaheen (8-11) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Boragh Jamal (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, kept on, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Drift And Dream (9-9) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.