Valantino Oyster beat Dean Iarracht to win this last year and has claims once again off a lower mark. But VOLCANO JACK arrives in better form having gone close the last twice including an amateurs race at Musselburgh last time and he gets the nod. Politbureau found only one too good over 1m2f here last month and is preferred to stablemate Jeer while Grammar scored over track and trip in July with Queen Of Epirus back in fifth but has been well beaten since.
Jeer (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, well behind Slide Show (8-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 9-4fav (10-4) Mid-division, headway and in touch halfway, tracked leading pair over 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra in 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Gucci D'oro (10-3) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Soon led, pushed along over 3f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, lost 4th close home, 5th of 10, 10l behind Full Toss (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gd in Jul.
Valentine's Gift 12-1 (8-9) Soon led, ridden over 3f out, soon headed, not much room and hampered over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Vittachi (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Queen Of Epirus 16-1 (9-3) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, went 2nd on inside 3f out until over 2f out, went 2nd again well over 1f out, no impression when dropped to 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Torero (9-8) at Catterick 2m sell stks (6) sft.
Souter Point (USA) 20-1 (9-6) In touch, pushed along well over 3f out, went 3rd well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Weybridge Light (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Croftamie 66-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, reminders 4f out, weakened 2f out, tailed off, last of 6, 36l behind Toto Skyllachy (10-0) at Carlisle 1m 1f clm stks (5) gf.
Grammar 28-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place over 3f out, no impression after, 8th of 12, 14l behind Darakti (8-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Politbureau 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Hernando Torres (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Light The City (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Led early, tracked leader, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Picalily (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) In touch, effort over 2f out, no extra approaching final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Spats Colombo (8-3) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Eanans Bay (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Took keen hold tracking leader, led halfway, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd and weakened, 5th of 7, 21l behind Torero (9-8) at Catterick 2m sell stks (6) sft.