MISTOFFELEES gets the nod in preference to Peintre D'Argent. The pair clashed at Ascot in July where the latter came off best but the feeling is that Luca Cumani's runner has improved since and also that this race should suit him more. Dazzling Light's second to The Fonz is rock solid and this quicker ground won't be a problem, and along with Oriental Cavalier and Antigua Sunrise he rates high on the list of dangers. Maneki Neko is up 5lbs for a Catterick romp but that was an Amateur Riders' race and the more reliable form may be held by Royal Trooper, Bollin Greta and Royal Straight.
Dazzling Light (UAE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, not much room and headway over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind The Fonz (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Mistoffelees 4-1fav (9-3) Held up in 5th, never left the inside rail, ridden and effort on inside over 2f out, quickened to lead final 100 yards, readily, won at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd in Aug beating Marjury Daw (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Oriental Cavalier 11-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6f out, led and soon clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Inspirina (10-0) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Palomar (USA) 12-1 (8-6) Behind, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, never near leaders, 8th of 14, 10l behind Hawk Mountain (8-7) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, effort 2f out, no impression, 8th of 16, 6l behind The Fonz (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Robby Bobby 12-1 (9-10) Keen in touch, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 22l behind Nave (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Maneki Neko (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, ridden clear, comfortably, won at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Daytime Dreamer (10-10) by 6l, 12 ran.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) With leader, led 4f out, driven and headed 2f out, no chance with winner when weakened to 3rd entering final furlong, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Rangefinder (10-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Sedgwick 33-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 7l behind Taqleed (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Peintre d'Argent (IRE) 7-2 (8-3) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, pressed leader and every chance 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Topolski (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Bollin Greta 5-1 (8-12) Held up behind in touch, headway to track leading pair 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Keenes Day (10-0) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Silent Applause 4-1 (8-12) In rear, pushed along 5f out, some headway when hung left over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 8, 12l behind Goodwood Starlight (9-3) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Royal Straight 16-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Nave (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Yossi (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Cat O' Nine Tails (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Tropical Duke (IRE) 18-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up behind, headway over 4f out, kept on to lead post, won at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug beating Pennfield Pirate (8-9) by shd, 15 ran.