We will side with FIRE RAISER in the finale; the list of dangers is headed by Decency and Togoaviking. Andrew Balding is a trainer in good form and Fire Raiser can provide him with another winner. He looked in need of the run at Salisbury last time but he had shaped with promise previously and he could be well treated on his handicap debut. Decency disappointed on her previous try here but that was over a trip short of her best and she has since been out and opened her account. Togoaviking is also making his handicap debut and he is certainly bred to appreciate this step-up in trip. Golden Ratio is another who should enjoy this longer trip and she has gone well here in the past. Lucky Diva makes limited each-way appeal, but the vote is given to Fire Raiser.
Fire Raiser 25-1 (9-0) Raced stand side, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 25l behind The Confessor (9-0) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) gs.
Golden Ratio (IRE) 17-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, headway over 5f out, not clear run on inside and lost place over 3f out, no impression after, 7th of 12, 11l behind Kingston Acacia (9-4) at Warwick 7f fll hcp (5) gd.
Mosqueta 66-1 (8-12) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, pushed along halfway, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Tartufo Dolce (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Decency (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Held up, steady headway over 2f out, chased leaders and awkward on camber over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Rosedale (9-1) at Brighton 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Cosmic Orbit 100-1 (9-3) In rear, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 27l behind Much Acclaimed (9-3) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Togoaviking 50-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 11, 11l behind Cansili Star (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Lucky Diva 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 9l behind Brannagh (9-0) at Brighton 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Dauntsey Park (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, never a factor, 11th of 14, 17l behind Right Rave (9-0) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Mini Max 20-1 (8-5) Keen, held up in touch, ridden 3f out, headway under pressure well over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 9, 6l behind Hulcote Rose (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Baxter (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Took keen hold early, held up and always behind, 11th of 12, 15l behind Mutafajer (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Revoltinthedesert 15-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, soon pushed along, never a threat, 6th of 7, 8l behind Avow (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo clm stks (5) pol in Apr.
True Pleasure (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Behind outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 19l behind Rainfall (8-12) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Marjustar (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 10l behind West Leake (9-9) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.