By The Edge gets the vote over Jadan, She's Our Beauty, and Valiant Romeo. There is a large turnout for the opener, but many line up with a string of duck eggs next to their name, and so hopefully the winner will come from our short-list, headed by By The Edge. David Barron's charge is still a maiden, but has been placed on a number of occasions this term, and has shown that she can handle cut in the ground. She appears to be reasonably handicapped still, and is taken to open her account. Jadan has also improved of late, and ran another sound race in first-time blinkers at Musselburgh just four days ago. He too resides on a decent mark at present. She's Our Beauty won a claimer for current connections at Catterick on her last start in July, but need not improve too much to take a hand, while Valiant Romeo ran his best race of the season when runner-up at Beverley, but the feeling is that he would really prefer softer ground. Unless the market suggests otherwise, we are happy to side with By The Edge as the answer.
Throw The Dice 5-1 (8-8) Dwelt, soon mid-division, driven and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Brut (9-8) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.
Fern House (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, no impression, last of 7, 4l behind Ryedane (8-12) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Legal Set (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 7l behind Word Perfect (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Regal Cheer 50-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up towards rear, ridden and outpaced well over 2f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Kempton 6f mdn stk (4) pol in Aug.
Indian Spark 16-1 (8-6) In touch far side group, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 17, 7l behind Quicks The Word (8-11) at Newcastle 6f hcap (6) gf in Sept.
Newkeylets 12-1 (8-8) Prominent centre, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Making Music (8-11) at Hamilton 5f hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Jadan (IRE) 10-3 (8-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Sandwith (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
Valiant Romeo 15-2 (8-8) Led, ridden along halfway, edged left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Viewforth (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcap (6) gf in Sept.
Beechside (IRE) 11-1 (8-4) Slow away, towards rear, stayed on from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Princess Ellis (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp (6) gf in Sept.
Mint 50-1 (8-6) Dwelt, always behind far side, last of 17, 15l behind Miacarla (8-3) at Thirsk 5f hcap (6) gf in Sept.
Dodaa (USA) 10-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Brut (9-8) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.
She's Our Beauty (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) Made all, raced alone far side, switched right after 2f, pushed out final furlong, won at Catterick 5f clm (6) gs in Jul beating Danish Blues (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Spinning Game 50-1 (8-2) Very slowly into stride, behind, never a factor, 11th of 14, 12l behind Viewforth (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcap (6) gf in Sept.
Dunn Deal (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden and one pace final 2f, 6th of 15, 7l behind John Keats (9-6) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
The Thrifty Bear 80-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 8l behind Digital (9-2) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.
Alexia Rose (IRE) 16-1 (7-11) Slow away, always towards rear, last of 14, 8l behind Sandwith (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
Compton Lad 66-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 11, 13l behind Brut (9-8) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.
Dotty's Daughter 20-1 (8-3) Pushed along to chase leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 12l behind Comptonspirit (9-0) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Rosie's Result 100-1 (7-12) Chased leaders stands' side, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, 8th of 15, 4l behind Making Music (8-11) at Hamilton 5f hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Seafield Towers 33-1 (8-4) Slow away, towards rear, effort on outer halfway, no impression, 13th of 14, 8l behind Sandwith (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
By The Edge (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ridden and headway on outside halfway, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mickleberry (8-12) at W'hampton 5f mdn aut stk (5) pol in Sept.