Haajes won this cavalry charge last year with Strike Up The Band behind and though he has plenty in his favour today, he won't want the ground to get any faster. He won at Doncaster last month, however, and is closely matched with the re-opposing Eland Ally, Lujeanie and Indian Trial, who filled the places on that occasion and can be given a chance here. The speedy Taurus Twins and Bronze Beau are others to consider, but a chance is taken on LIVING IT LARGE. Twice a winner already this season, all ground comes alike to Ed de Giles' sprinter and he's dropping in class and is only 1lb higher than his win at Epsom in July.
Le Toreador 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Deerslayer (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Living It Large (FR) 18-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 5l behind Ajjaadd (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Strike Up The Band 33-1 (8-7) Behind, under pressure halfway, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Marine Commando (8-8) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep.
Baldemar 20-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 5l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 21, 26l behind Internationaldebut (9-9) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Bronze Beau 9-1 (9-7) Led, headed halfway, chased winner until entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Secret Millionaire (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Solemn 28-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 5l behind Ajjaadd (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Taurus Twins 13-2 (9-4) With leader, ridden and effort inside final 2f, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, no extra when headed and lost 2 places near finish, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Beauty Pageant (8-13) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Noodles Blue Boy 11-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 18th of 20, 8l behind Secret Witness (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Lujeanie 7-2fav (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 5th of 7, 8l behind Secret Millionaire (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Lady Royale 10-1 (9-5) Soon outpaced in rear, ridden and some headway when not clear run over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Beauty Pageant (8-13) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Dorback 15-8fav (9-12) Took keen hold close up, switched left halfway, effort to join winner over 1f out, driven and not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 5, hd behind Barons Spy (9-4) at Leicester 6f clm stks (5) gf in Aug.
Gallagher 16-1 (8-8) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 5l behind Golden Desert (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Whozthecat (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Valery Borzov (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Flash City (ITY) 7-1 (9-6) Chased leader, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 5l behind Foxy Music (9-7) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Indian Trail 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, outpaced 2f out, kept on final furlong, never reached leaders, 8th of 11, 5l behind Another Wise Kid (9-2) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Eland Ally 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 2nd of 21, 3/4l behind Haajes (9-0) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Haajes 4-1fav (9-4) Towards rear on outside, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 3l behind Another Wise Kid (9-2) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Rasaman (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Always towards rear stands'side, 20th of 25, 11l behind Coolminx (9-6) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Cadeaux Pearl 9-1 (9-3) Driven to lead after 1f, headed inside final 2f, soon ridden and one pace, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Beauty Pageant (8-13) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.