First Row faces a much easier assignment than some the tasks that have been set for him this term and he can make the most of the weight he receives from Sendintank and Dubai Success. The last named is a very useful tool on his day and his wins to runs ratio does not tell the whole story. Cut in the ground suits him well and he should not be underestimated despite having to give weight away all round. Much will depend on how well Sendintank has got over yesterday's exertions before he is allowed to take his chance. However, he is as tough as old boots and it will be surprising if he does not take his chance. Still, this has all the hallmarks of being a tactical affair and he needs an end to end gallop to be fully effective at this trip. Therefore, it might be worth siding with First Row, whose odds are likely to be a touch more attractive. It is worth bearing in mind that he was less than a length away from winning the Chester Vase earlier in the season and a repeat of that sort of form would easily be good enough in this company.
Dubai Success 33-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 17th of 20, 17l behind Sergeant Cecil (8-12) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Pukka (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Jagger (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f lst hcp (1) gf in Aug.
Vinando 12-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 20, 30l behind Sergeant Cecil (8-12) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Chancellor (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, lost touch final 2f, 8th of 9, 24l behind Eccentric (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
First Row (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Tracked winner, took closer order from 5f out, ridden and weakened from 2f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Tungsten Strike (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 6f stk (3) gf.
Hearthstead Wings 16-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 9l behind Balkan Knight (9-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Sendintank 12-1 (8-12) Held up, pulled hard, ridden over 3f out, headway well over 1f out, kept on, 7th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Sergeant Cecil (8-12) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.