Deeper In Debt can defy an unfavourable draw to see off Night Storm, Hidden Star and Stevedore. John Akehurst's charge should love the prevailing fast ground at Bath as he appears best when able to hear his hooves rattle off the turf. He was far from disgraced when third to stable companion, Glencalvie, at Windsor on good ground. The recently returned Robert Miles retains the ride. Night Storm has to be respected as a winner over course and distance. He also has a favourable draw. The question is now as to whether the handicapper has got it right with a 9lb rise since that win. Hidden Star is on a recovery mission having been unsuccessfully punted at Pontefract on his last start. Stevedore was an impressive winner at Musselburgh but has a very poor draw. Lizarazu holds claims from a lower draw if truly staying this eight furlongs. Juste Pour L'Amour continues to drop down the handicap without too much in the way of success. Deeper In Debt looks the percentage call.
Juste Pour L'Amour 9-1 (9-2) Prominent, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace but no extra close home, 6th of 10, 3l behind Efidium (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp (5) gd in Sept.
Deeper In Debt 11-2 (8-10) In touch, ridden to dispute lead 2f out, every chance final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Glencalvie (9-2) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Wind Chime (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders when edged left over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 16, 6l behind Slavonic (9-1) at Thirsk 1m sll (5) gf in Sept.
Prime Contender 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, every chance 3f out, soon ridden, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Dakota Rain (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sept.
Stevedore (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, headway to lead over 2f out and kept on, won at Musselburgh 1m hcp (5) gf in Sept beating Burnley Al (8-4) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Night Storm 12-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, led well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Willhego (8-8) at Warwick 1m hcp (5) gd in Sept.
Stormy Nature (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Held up rear, stayed on well but not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Coppice (9-1) at Salisbury 1m hcp (5) frm in Sept.
Hidden Star 7-1jt-fav (9-2) Led, ridden well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 10th of 17, 9l behind Danceinthevalley (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp (5) gd in Aug.