MASTER OF SUSPENSE opened his account at Beverley when dropped back to the minimum trip. He has further scope for improvement now he's got his head in front. Royal Brave beat Red Lady and National Service at Sandown in July and went close again at Musselburgh last time. He's preferred to Drive On, who had been running well on the all-weather before a poor effort at Newbury. Flying Bear is dropped in class and may also figure.
Drive On (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, eased when beaten inside final furlong, last of 8, 29l behind Katawi (9-2) at Newbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Red Lady (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Algar Lad (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Flying Bear (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 4l behind Major Jack (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Royal Brave (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Bumped start held up, pushed along and slightly outpaced halfway, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, driven and ran on, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Noble Asset (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Vodka Chaser (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, soon weakened, last of 9, 7l behind Secret Missile (9-10) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
National Service (USA) 8-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, last of 12, 26l behind Meadway (9-1) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Master Of Suspense 8-11fav (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well, won at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug beating Quick Touch (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.