Richard Fahey has trained two of the three previous winners and Right Touch is a leading contender with Paul Hanagan on board. However, he didn't improve as much as expected when fourth at Newmarket last time and RIVELLINO makes more appeal. He finished a creditable third in a better maiden than this at Ascot on his debut and will have benefited for the experience. The remainder have some catching up to do to match the principals and A J Cook may come out best of them ahead of Southwell runner-up Bapak Bangsawan and The Art Of Racing, a well beaten favourite on his debut.
A J Cook (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, went slightly right start, in rear and tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, last of 4, 2 1/2l behind Girl At The Sands (8-13) at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) sft in Aug.
Bapak Bangsawan 11-2 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Girl At The Sands (8-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 12l behind Grey Street (8-6) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Right Touch 7-2 (9-3) Keen hold, tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 2l behind Mutazamen (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Rivellino 7-2fav (9-0) Held up in touch, headway approaching final furlong, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Moohaajim (9-0) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind King Dragon (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul.
Cross My Heart 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden halfway, never a factor, 5th of 7, 8l behind Fletcher Christian (9-3) at Warwick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Ridgeblade 66-1 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 8l behind Shrimper Roo (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.