Sophisticated Heir had Red Charmer behind at Musselburgh last month and is a pound lower than his last win. But it could be the turn of stablemate MARAAKIB today as the return to a mile on a stiffer track should suit following his latest second at Catterick. Dark Ocean likes it here but may be a shade high in the weights at present, a remark that could also apply to the consistent Advance. But Taqneen is 5lb better off than when beaten a length by the latter at Newcastle so has a chance and Lil Sophella rarely runs a bad race. Cornborough is another who is usually thereabouts and the form of his last two placed efforts has been franked.
Dark Ocean (IRE) 15-2 (9-10) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside edging left over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on into 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 3/4l behind Reggie Bond (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Aug.
Advance (FR) 6-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway 2f out, effort between horses inside final furlong when short of room and bumped, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Flashy Memories (9-4) at Leicester 1m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Sophisticated Heir (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Close up, ridden and headway entering final 2f, driven to chase winner entering final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Ralphy Boy (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Lil Sophella (IRE) 9-2fav (9-8) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, soon chased winner, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Marsh Pride (9-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp fll (4) gs in Sep.
Janaab (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Almuheet (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Samsonite (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Raced wide in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 14th of 19, 17 3/4l behind El Beau (9-8) at York 1m 2f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Maraakib (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Cabelo (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Hernando Torres 11-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 11 1/2l behind Liberal Angel (8-10) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Dutch Descent (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 15l behind Up In Lights (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Red Charmer (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 11 1/2l behind Ralphy Boy (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Roayh (USA) 28-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 4f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 3/4l behind Abushamah (9-3) at Redcar 1m hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Cornborough 9-2fav (9-0) Towards rear, headway 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Woody Bay (9-6) at Haydock 1m hcp (4) gs in Sep.
Ahoy There (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, lost place when short of room inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 14 3/4l behind Haidees Reflection (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Cymraeg Bounty 33-1 (8-8) Pulled hard in rear, beaten over 3f out, last of 8, 24l behind Classic Villager (9-5) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Taqneen (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Advance (9-3) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) gd in Aug.