Gospel Choir makes a belated seasonal debut off an 8lb higher mark than when winning at Haydock last August. But given his connections, he's likely to start a short enough price on his comeback while Winterlude will also be somewhere near the head of the betting having beaten Come On Blue Chip on his handicap debut at Doncaster. White Nile is another lightly-raced sort who could figure on his return to action while Kiama Bay has beaten both Rio's Rosanna and Scatter Dice in the process of landing a recent double. The latter's stablemate Party Line scored over a longer trip last time but Castilo Del Diablo makes more appeal despite a 6lb rise for finishing second at Kempton last month. HANOVERIAN BARON has run well in more competitive affairs than this since suffering a narrow-margin defeat over track and trip back in May. Unlucky in-running at Haydock last time, Tony Newcombe's charge can run a big race in the opener.
Gospel Choir 9-2fav (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon hampered, weakened final furlong, 7th of 19, 6l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf in Sep.
Hanoverian Baron 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, not clear run and lost place over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, weaved through and ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Jul.
Chancery (USA) 13-2 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and no impression final 3f, 10th of 14, 10l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Quixote 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened rapidly final 100 yards, 13th of 17, 8l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Jul.
Itlaaq 20-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders from 2f out, never quite going pace to challenge, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Bishop Roko (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) In touch, driven and headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner final 150 yards, kept on but always held, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Seal Of Approval (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul.
Party Line 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd well over 2f out, led over 2f out, ridden 4 lengths clear over 1f out, weakened and headed towards finish soon dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 17, 3/4l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Winterlude (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Tepmokea (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Tracked leader,ridden and outpaced over 2f out, 7th of 14, 5l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Warlu Way 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, last of 8, 19l behind Kiwayu (8-13) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Held up in 4th, tracked leading pair 3f out, ridden and effort on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Chester 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs beating Scatter Dice (9-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Led, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Kiama Bay (9-3) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Winterlude (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway on outside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, held on towards finsh, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Come On Blue Chip (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Awkwardly away keen held up, headway and switched right over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Kiama Bay (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
White Nile 11-8fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Stormy Weather (9-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Presburg (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, headway travelling ok over 3f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 14, 5l behind Beacon Lady (8-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.