TALAYEB has been hard to keep right and has raced just the once this year when third at Nottingham in July. He looks to have found a good opportunity to finally get off the mark here. American Smooth was fancied for his racecourse debut but gets a first-time visor here after a disappointing effort, while Wishformore looks out of sorts at present and is hard to fancy. On The Cusp produced a better effort last time but looks up against it on these terms.
Talayeb 9-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, driven and headway 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair 1f out, kept on, not reached leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Eastern Gift (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
American Smooth 13-8fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Mr Emirati (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
On The Cusp (IRE) 18-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 10, nk behind John Potts (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Wishformore (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Always in rear, last of 9, 12l behind Tewin Wood (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.