A very tough race with few seemingly out of it but Valmina should reward each-way support at a big price. He completed a hat-trick in the early part of the season and has run well in tough handicaps recently. George Downing gets on well with him and he should again see off the attentions of Cruise Tothelimit, who was just behind him at Goodwood in July and has been in very good form for most of the summer. My Kingdom is generally consistent and has won from higher marks in the past but the one to be on looks to be TROJAN ROCKET. Connections can hardly complain about his handicap mark as he's only 4lb higher for his two victories at Newmarket when Mickael Barzalona has been on board for both successes. Michael Wigham targeted this after his latest success in July and a low draw should also aid the cause. Best Trip, placed in the Bronze Cup at Ayr, looks best of the remainder though Midnight Rider was only beaten a head under a big weight in a C&D qualifier and will enjoy the soft conditions.
My Kingdom (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Piddie's Power 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 13, 1l behind Trade Secret (9-6) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Jade 13-2 (9-0) Prominent, ridden to lead 1f out, headed final 75 yards, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-7) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Midnight Rider (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) In rear, plenty to do 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Esprit De Midas (9-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Trojan Rocket (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Dwelt, headway to be close up over 4f out, ridden 2f out, ran on to lead final strides, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul beating Rivas Rhapsody (9-11) by ns, 11 ran.
Best Trip (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division far side, driven 2f out, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 23, 2 1/2l behind Jack Dexter (9-8) at Ayr 6f hcp (4) hvy in Sep.
Fred Willetts (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 13, 10l behind Piscean (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 4-1fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Bubbly Ballerina (8-8) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Perfect Pastime 6-1 (9-7) Outpaced in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd close home, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Clear Spring (8-11) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Sep.
Showboating (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 12, 3l behind Idler (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Jungle Bay 9-1 (9-3) Close up, chased leading pair over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Esprit De Midas (9-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Valmina 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Goldream (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Rafaaf (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up, pushed along halfway, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, effort on far rail over 1f out, well held when not clearest of runs inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 9l behind Picabo (9-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Barkston Ash 10-3fav (9-2) Mid-division on stands side rail, switched left and headway when not clear run over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.