Red Yarn produced a better effort when fourth over a shorter trip here last month, but her poor strike rate is off-putting and preference is for TWISTED. The latter is not exactly prolific either, but he won this contest last year and went very close over track and trip on his penultimate start. Bennelong scored on soft ground at Brighton last month and may figure, while Ilie Nastase has claims on his best form having dropped down the weights.
Red Yarn 16-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Mrs Dee Bee (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Sep.
Stargazing (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Close up, effort over 1f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Snowy Peak (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Bennelong 14-1 (8-11) Chased leader until ridden over 2f out, head high hung right and weakened soon after, 9th of 14, 14l behind Push Me (8-12) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Twisted 9-1 (9-8) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, one pace and beaten over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Lady Barastar (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Thundering Home 4-1fav (9-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon no chance, eased when beaten final furlong, tailed off, last of 12, 45l behind Marcus Antonius (10-0) at Folkestone 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Petomic (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 10th of 16, 10l behind Glass Mountain (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Ilie Nastase (FR) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Dichoh (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Celtic Step 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden along 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 16l behind Smart Step (8-4) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Sep.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Outpaced and always well in rear, tailed off, last of 14, 43l behind Push Me (8-12) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Cabal 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 7th of 13, 4l behind Diamond Sunrise (8-4) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gf in Sep.
Circus Polka (USA) 33-1 (8-3) Awkward start, held up well in rear, switched right well over 1f out, no headway, 10th of 13, 18l behind Prime Circle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.