Official ratings point to the obvious chances of NEARLY CAUGHT, who hasn't won for over two years but has run excellent races this campaign in the Northumberland Plate and Cesarewitch. He has 12lb in hand of High Secret, who was a long way behind him in the marathon at Newmarket but at least has six victories to his credit in just 16 starts. Tuscan Gold is next best in and he scored over slightly shorter here in June but the remainder make little appeal.
High Secret (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, 23rd of 34, 17 3/4l behind Grumeti (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Nearly Caught (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden pressing leaders over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, lost 4th post, 5th of 34, 1 1/4l behind Grumeti (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Riptide 10-1 (9-10) Raced wide, tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 6 1/4l behind Medicine Hat (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Tuscan Gold 12-1 (10-0) Dwelt in touch, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 26 3/4l behind Medicine Hat (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Amber Flush 15-2 (11-3) Led until before 3 out, 3rd and one pace before next, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 14, 19 1/4l behind Presence Felt (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, reminders 2nd, in rear from 3rd, never dangerous, pulled up, at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Medicine Hat 14-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 3f out, tracking leaders when short of room over 2f out, switched right, headway to lead over 1f out, edged left and ran on inside final furlong, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct beating Hallstatt (9-10) by 5l, 10 ran.