Despite poor recent form and a terrible strike-rate, WAFFLE is so far ahead on official ratings that he's impossible to oppose. It's two years since he was a close fourth in the Steward's Cup off a mark of 103 and he's now 25lb lower but he's been racing in much better company and should have few problems doubling his winning tally on his 34th start. Live Dangerously is rated 12lb below and has to concede 6lb. He was beaten in a similar event at Thirsk last time and his wins-to-runs ratio isn't much better than that of the selection. Mission Impossible, the winner of eight races, had been going well in Class 6 handicaps before finding a slight step-up in grade beyond him here last month when last of nine and beaten a long way. Gaelic Wizard wasn't entitled to finish as close as he did in a Beverley claimer last time as he was well out of it on official figures but dual Polytrack winner Plunder has yet to reach a place in eight starts on Turf including in a seller last time.
Live Dangerously 15-8 (9-5) Raced keenly, chased winner throughout, no impression over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Native Falls (9-2) at Thirsk 6f Classified Selling Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (6) gd in Aug.
Mission Impossible 11-2 (9-11) Always behind, easd over 1f out, last of 9, 27l behind Seal Rock (9-10) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Gaelic Wizard (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) In touch in 4th, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Doc Hay (9-10) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Plunder 33-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 19l behind Kimbali (9-1) at Beverley 7f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Waffle (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Raced far side, always mid-division, 11th of 20, 7l behind Duke Cosimo (9-2) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.