Tim Easterby's Diamond Blade would have every chance if able to reproduce the form that he has shown on the Fibresand at Southwell but, like Charles Parnell, he is not seemingly as good on the Polytrack so looks best left out of calculations. Forever's Girl is 14lbs higher than when winning at Redcar last time but is better on this surface so cannot be discounted, while Athaakeel has had little respite from the handicapper and is still 4lb higher than when successful at Redcar four runs ago. Frank Sheridan's Albero di Giuda is better on turf and of more interest may be recent course and distance winner Fantasy Fighter, although a penalty for that win does not make this easy. The vote then goes the way of Andrew Reid's CAVITIE, who has only been raised 3lb for his win over course and distance last month and he can score again.
Argentine (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 5l behind Secret Millionaire (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Methaaly (IRE) 18-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, effort on outside over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 9, 8l behind Mujaadel (9-9) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Prominent early, took keen hold in mid-division, headway over 2f out, led just over 1f out, swished tail inside final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Mrs Boss (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Athaakeel (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Very slowly away and lost about 20 lengths at start, in rear, never a factor, 11th of 12, 18l behind Darcey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Diamond Blade 15-2 (8-13) Chased leaders stand side, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-1) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Forever's Girl 5-1fav (9-3) Chased leader, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, driven out, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug beating French Fantasy (9-0) by 1l, 17 ran.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 5l behind Ursus (9-2) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Nacho Libre 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and lost 3rd over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 9, 5l behind Commando Scott (8-10) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden and headed just over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Fantasy Fighter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Charles Darwin (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Led 1f, chased leader, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Fantasy Fighter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Cavitie 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, not clear run briefly well over 1f out, and switched left to inside over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug beating Fantasy Fighter (9-1) by nk, 13 ran.
Albero di Giuda (IRE) 17-2 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 15l behind Ace Of Spies (9-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Aug.
Ghost Dancer 28-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, headway and in touch halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 15l behind Divertimenti (9-5) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.