GUTO edges the vote in the finale. Kings College Boy rates as a big threat on the best of his efforts, while Sands Crooner and Joyeaux cannot be ruled out in a race of this nature. Joyeaux is hard to win with and has endured a frustrating season. Still, that fact is countered by her attractive handicap mark, so the six-year-old is no forlorn hope today. Sand Crooner was just behind the selection when they met here in August but has a feasible chance of reversing the form on these terms (4lb better off today.) His turf form is less convincing than his all-weather profile, though. And he needs everything to drop right for him. Kings College Boy finished second in this race last year and races from just a 1lb higher mark. Leading apprentice, Freddie Tylicki, pitches in to bolster the top weight's chances by taking 5lb off with his claim. So a betting move for the eight-year-old would be dangerous to ignore. However, Guto is also back on a winning mark and, as Kelly Harrison knows the five-year-old inside-out, the pieces fit together to give Bill Ratcliffe's gelding another throw of the dice.
Kings College Boy 9-1 (8-8) Always rear division, 12th of 13, 15l behind Invincible Lad (9-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Metal Guru 13-2 (8-10) Hampered soon after start, held up towards rear, not clear run after 2f out, headway well over 1f out, ran on well towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Pride of Northcare (9-1) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Colorus (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead stand side group 1f out, headed by that group inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 13, 1l behind Dragon Flame (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Liberty Ship 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 18, 2l behind Medici Time (9-3) at Redcar 6f mdn stk (5) gd.
Sands Crooner (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on well to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Dragon Flame (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Joyeaux 17-2 (8-12) Raced stands' side, in touch, effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind La Famiglia (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
The History Man (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 13, 5l behind Dragon Flame (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Select Committee 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 2f out, hung left final furlong, stayed on, 5th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Dragon Flame (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Micky Mac (IRE) 4-1fav (8-12) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 17, 8l behind Prince Golan (8-6) at Leicester 7f app hcp (5) gd in Sept.
Ryedane (IRE) 10-3fav (9-1) Led after 1f, challenged from 2f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Royal Challenge (9-5) at W'hampton 6f hcap (6) pol in Sept.
Guto 4-1jt-fav (11-12) Chased leaders, soon outpaced, one pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 9l behind Whozart (11-3) at Catterick 5f amt hcp (6) gd.
Tender Process (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Pushed along to chased leaders, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Dragon Flame (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Zamalik (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Trans Sonic (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcap (6) gs in Sept.
Wicked Wilma (IRE) 9-2fav (8-10) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Note Perfect (8-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Fish Called Johnny 50-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, last of 19, 16l behind Haajes (9-5) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.