Able Mind has been very consistent and can pay to follow here, with Gallego, Western Roots and New England all seen as dangers. Able Mind has been confined to a mile over the past month or so, running some nice races, but is equally adept over today's trip, and judged on his latest narrow defeat at Pontefract, is ready for the step back up in trip. He goes well at this time of the year, and is nicely handicapped at present, so has more going for him than most here. Gallego is a past course-and-distance winner, and was narrowly denied at Bath last time. The return to the Polytrack should see him run a big race as well. Western Roots is gradually finding his form but is opposeable, while New England, yet another with past course form, bids to bounce back after his defeat here 12 days ago. He did well to overcome traffic problems at Chester the time before, and is dangerous to rule out. All in all, Able Mind looks the one to be on with a good draw in stall two to help.
Scutch Mill (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, stayed on one pace final 2f, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Bank On Benny (8-8) at Salisbury 1m app hcp (6) gd in Sept.
Peruvian Prince (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 14, 16l behind Halla San (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
New England 5-1fav (9-6) Mid to rear, ridden over 2f out, switched right and stayed on, 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Kildare Sun (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Western Roots 15-2 (9-3) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Kildare Sun (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lauro 8-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 9th of 13, 5l behind Kildare Sun (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Gallego 11-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ran on well, just denied, 2nd of 16, shd behind Golden Sprite (9-2) at Bath 1m 2f hcap (6) gd.
Floodlight Fantasy 4-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden and headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 17l behind Evident Pride (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn hcp (5) pol in Sept.
Able Mind 9-2jt-fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 17, shd behind Muscari (9-4) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sept.