HERE IN THE DARK was stepped up to a mile at Redcar last time and not beaten far in fourth. He gets a tentative vote in a tricky opener and is preferred to stablemate Cuillin Hills. Admiral Rooke finished third at Thirsk in a tougher handicap than this during the summer but that was over 6f while Barney George finished closer over 7f here last month and may do better now handicapping for the first time. The remainder have yet to threaten and are hard to recommend.
Here In The Dark 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 19, 1 1/4l behind Echo (8-11) at Redcar 1m (6) gs in Sep.
Admiral Rooke (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Dwelt in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 10l behind Lucky Lucky Man (9-3) at Carlisle 6f (5) hvy in Sep.
Barney George 50-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Salazar (9-2) at Ayr 7f stks (5) gd in Aug.
Cuillin Hills 10-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, ridden along in rear, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 9 1/4l behind Placebo Effect (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f (6) gf in Aug.
Burn Some Dust (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always well behind, 10th of 11, 13 3/4l behind Bow Belles (8-11) at Ripon 5f stks (4) sft in Jul.
Chef United 250-1 (9-0) Outpaced, 12th of 13, 9l behind Peace Trail (9-7) at Newcastle 6f fll stks (5) pol in Sep.
Retirement Beckons 100-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon hung right and always behind, 7th of 8, 12 3/4l behind Queen Penn (9-0) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (4) gs in Aug.
Mountain Meadow 18-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Sulafaat (9-9) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Sep.
Saxonroad Boy (USA) 25-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 9 1/4l behind Archie Perkins (8-13) at Newcastle 1m (6) pol in Sep.
Lil Gem (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) In rear, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 8 3/4l behind Powerful Society (9-7) at Carlisle 7f fll (5) hvy in Sep.