Carlisle second Desperados Destiny still looks a shade high in the weights but Rapid Ranger has been threatening to get his head in front for a while and Metisian has been performing with credit since winning over this trip on soft going at Doncaster in June. The extended 7f at Beverley last time was too far for GENERAL ALEXANDER but he was just beaten over this trip at Newmarket earlier and his yard has a terrific strike rate on this course with older handicappers.
General Alexander (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, never involved, last of 10, 19 1/4l behind Rousayan (9-12) at Beverley 7f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Whitecrest 9-1 (9-2) Stumbled start, chased leaders, led over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, weakening when not much room soon after, 5th of 11, 3 1/4l behind Qatari Riyals (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Peachey Carnehan 20-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Major Pusey (9-5) at Haydock 5f hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Metisian 13-2 (8-12) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Short Work (9-0) at Redcar 6f hcp (5) sft in Sep.
Drop Kick Murphi (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 13 3/4l behind Ocean Temptress (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f hcp (5) sft in Sep.
Secret Missile 33-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 5 1/2l behind Rock Warbler (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Borough Boy (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 8 1/2l behind Classic Pursuit (9-0) at Nottingham 5f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Rapid Ranger 4-1fav (9-0) Mid-division, headway and switched left over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on and caught post, 3rd of 18, shd behind Nuns Walk (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gs in Sep.
Bogsnog (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 4 1/4l behind Nuns Walk (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gs in Sep.
Commanche 7-1 (9-6) Ridden from widest draw and soon prominent, lost place 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, eased, 10th of 11, 13 1/4l behind Harlequin Storm (9-4) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Desperados Destiny 7-1 (9-11) In touch in 4th place, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Passionatta (8-9) at Carlisle 5f hcp (6) hvy in Sep.