TOURNEDOS stands out at the weights here and gets the vote ahead of Obe Gold, Bertie Southstreet and Charles Parnell. Dandy Nicholls saddles the selection and likely favourite, who is at least 12lbs better off with each of his opponents here than if this were a handicap, and that is going to take some finding. This is much easier than the York handicap that he won from a mark of 92 less than 18 months ago, and while he has not won in three tries on artificial surfaces, nor over this trip just yet, he has had few tries on both counts and his class can see him home in front. Charles Parnell doesn't win too often, and both his wins away from turf have come on the Fibresand, though they were over this trip and from at least 10lbs higher, so he still needs to be respected here. Bertie Southstreet chases a hat-trick of course and distance wins but has 20lbs to find with the selection and although he can finish much closer than that would suggest, given his love of the place, it is still hard to see him being good enough at these weights. The same applies to Newcastle scorer Rio Sands, while Obe Gold looks a more serious danger. Although he has those 12lbs to find with our pick, he is probably just a little better than his current mark makes out and he races over his optimum trip, so if he can overcome a stinker of a draw then he could play a lead role. Tournedos should be the one today.
Bertie Southstreet 6-1 (8-13) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Royal Envoy (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Interactive (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, soon steadied rear, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 11, 7l behind Mamlakati (9-2) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Obe Gold 11-4 (9-5) Hood removed late and stumbled start, behind, ridden after 2f, no impression until switched left and stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Whiteoak Lady (9-0) at Thirsk 6f sell stks (5) gd in Aug.
Rio Sands 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, held on well, won at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep beating Ursus (8-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Swinbrook (USA) 6-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, not reached leaders, 5th of 11, 2l behind Green Lagonda (8-10) at Bath 5f clm stks (6) fm in Sep.
Titus Gent 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and stayed on to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Mayoman (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fivefootnumberone (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders stands side group, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Guto (8-0) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
True Decision 50-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 9l behind Cheers For Thea (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind River Kirov (9-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Fyodor (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 5l behind Billy Red (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Tournedos (IRE) 4-9fav (9-8) With leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Silvanus (8-6) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) gf in Aug.
Jung (USA) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders to halfway, last of 13, well behind Strictly (8-7) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gs in May.
Absa Lutte (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Towards rear, kept on under pressure from over 1 1/2f out, 8th of 16, 7l behind Cape Vintage (9-7) at Gowran Park 7f app hcp 50-75 gf in Sep.