KHOR DUBAI may well be able to break his yard's poor run at this track although Appalachian Trail and Taqdeyr should have a say in matters. Khor Dubai had struggled this season after a successful juvenile campaign but everything fell right for him at Kempton last time where he came home with a strong run. He has a decent chance at the weights of following up in this contest. Taqdeyr was made favourite to win a competitive handicap at Newmarket last time only to run no sort of race. He has something to prove on the back of that and his tendency to race keenly could pose problems in this small field if it becomes tactical. Appalachian Trail hasn't scored since taking a Listed race in May of last year but the experienced campaigner has shown signs of returning to form of late and he has the class to win a race of this nature. Cyflymder has done nothing but improve and is well worth his place in this line-up as is Courageous on the best of his form but his last two runs have been bitterly disappointing. Sudden Impact has progressed rapidly since mid-summer and stayed on well to finish just outside the places in a Listed race at Pontefract but this looks a little tougher again. Khor Dubai needs to prove that he can build on his run at Kempton but he's given the chance to do so.
Appalachian Trail (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 6l behind Khateeb (9-1) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Barons Spy (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 5l behind My Gacho (9-6) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Taqdeyr 9-2fav (9-8) In rear, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 7l behind Jeninsky (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Khor Dubai (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Keen hold early, tracked leaders in 4th, effort between horses over 1f out, driven final furlong, stayed on the lead final 50 yards, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol beating Penitent (8-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Courageous (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Always in rear, eased final furlong, last of 9, 29l behind Khateeb (9-1) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Cyflymder (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and switched right over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Swift Gift (9-4) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Sudden Impact (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven and stayed on final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Mullein (9-0) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf.