A Class 6 handicap, but a number of these horses appear dangerously handicapped. Slemy would be massively interesting if the cheek-pieces are the catalyst for an improved showing. He's 18lb below his last winning mark, and whilst largely dismal this year, he represents a trainer who never ceases to surprise and is largely unexposed on the AW. A reduced mark of 60 could well be a gift, and he must be supported each-way at decent odds. However, the more obvious winner is ETIENNE GERARD . His August career form figures read (5,1,2,7,2,1,2) so this is undeniably his time of year. He gave notice his turn was fast approaching with a fine effort at Redcar last week and appears primed to strike.
Caeser The Gaeser (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) In touch, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 6 1/2l behind Danish Duke (9-12) at Thirsk 6f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Portland Street (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, soon behind, last of 7, 9 3/4l behind Manshood (9-9) at Hamilton 6f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Epeius (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, kept on, went 3rd towards finish, unable to challenge, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Yarmouk (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp (5) pol in Jun.
Sunnyside Bob (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 9 1/2l behind Medicean El Diablo (8-13) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (5) pol in Dec.
Indian Pursuit (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 17 1/4l behind Glenrowan Rose (10-4) at Catterick 5f hcp (4) sft in Jul.
Meandmyshadow 33-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, edged right and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 6 3/4l behind Lexington Times (9-7) at York 6f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Compton Park 12-1 (9-4) Raced wide close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 10 1/4l behind Mango Chutney (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Keen raced wide held up, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5 3/4l behind Miss Osier (9-2) at Leicester 1m hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Jacob Black 66-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 14 1/4l behind Save The Bees (10-3) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Slemy (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Steadied and switched left start, took keen hold towards rear, headway on rails over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 9 3/4l behind Cosy Club (8-11) at Ayr 7f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Lucky Lodge 9-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 16 1/4l behind Melaniemillie (8-12) at Catterick 6f hcp (6) sft in Aug.
Dandy Bird (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Led centre group until merged with rival racing along far side, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 9 1/4l behind Ki Ki (9-5) at Thirsk 6f hcp fll (5) gs in Jul.
Etienne Gerard 12-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Yes You (9-1) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Bearag 13-2 (9-7) Towards rear, hanging left and well beaten over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7 1/2l behind Iron Lady (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jun.