John Hills and Chris Wall have both saddled recent winners of this race and both Flapper and Strike A Deal have leading claims in a contest where market support for Loden and Into The Wind would look significant. However, it may be worth taking a chance with the old boy GALLEGO whose last win came over course and distance from today's mark last summer although his come from behind style of racing means that his supporters could be in for a fraught time. Into The Wind caught the eye last time but a low draw and doubts about her stamina temper confidence whilst Flapper may still be a shade high in the weights. Fly By Nelly and Catchanova make a lengthening short-list whilst support for Lutine Charlie on debut for a new yard would look significant.
Flapper (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Disputed lead until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 11l behind Titbit (9-2) at Newmarket 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Levitation (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Led until over 2f out, soon lost place, 6th of 8, 11l behind Hidden Fire (9-3) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Strike A Deal (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Slightly hampered start, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 11l behind Fame Is The Spur (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Loden 4-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 14l behind Natural Law (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep '09.
Gallego 11-4fav (9-5) Steadied start, held up in last pair, effort and driven when went right entering final 2f, no impression after, 6th of 10, 17l behind Bramalea (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Pastello 5-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, drifted right and led over 1f out, soon hard ridden, headed inside final furlong, rallied under pressure, kept on well close home, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Mr Harmoosh (9-8) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Fly By Nelly 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Belle Park (8-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Aug.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind C'mon You Irons (8-10) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Aug.
Pictures (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway on far rail over 4f out, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 8th of 13, 31l behind Plan A (8-13) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Transfer 22-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 16l behind Urban Space (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Into The Wind 33-1 (8-9) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression on leading trio inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Rolling Hills (9-3) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) fm in Jul.
Catchanova (IRE) 11-4fav (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Super Duplex (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Raise Again (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders on outside, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 18l behind Kipchak (9-10) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) gf in Jul.