TAKAAMUL hasn't been seen since winning this contest a year ago but it seems significant that he reappears in this race; Oh So Saucy joins Sairaam and Crystallize on the list of dangers. Kevin Morgan's gelding won by a neck last year and is only 2lbs higher in the handicap for this return. The ground is in his favour and he can enhance an already strong course record. Cardinal is consistent and ran fairly well here last time out however he finds it hard to win, Orangeleg is 8lbs higher than his last winning mark but his penultimate run at Redcar suggests he is still fairly treated, whilst Crystallize is a course and distance winner and his run for this jockey behind Kipchak is fair form for this grade. Sairaam takes in an easier race than at Sandown last time and her record here is solid, whilst Oh So Saucy is another course regular and she is now 3lbs lower than her last winning mark. She makes plenty of appeal after a mini-break however the verdict goes the way of Takaamul.
Oh So Saucy 14-1 (8-13) Held up, not troubled leaders, 8th of 10, 12l behind Flowing Cape (9-4) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Simple Rhythm 12-1 (9-3) Prominent, lost place over 2f out, last of 12, 12l behind Timber Treasure (8-7) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Sairaam (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Took keen hold in mid-division on outside, headway on outside 2f out, soon hanging right, ridden and not pace of leaders final 110 yards, 6th of 14, 5l behind Lady Florence (9-2) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Crystallize 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, soon ridden to challenge, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Kipchak (9-10) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Orangeleg 11-2 (9-13) Soon pushed to chase leader over 5f out until well over 2f out, soon driven along, weakened quickly well over 1f out, soon eased, last of 11, 26l behind Yankee Storm (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Takaamul 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, driven out towards finish, won at Yarmouth 7f app hcp (5) gd in Aug '09 beating Many Welcomes (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Cardinal 3-1 (9-3) Led, headed halfway, tracked leader, switched left and soon every chance over 1f out, ridden and not quicken near finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Aleqa (9-8) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Colinca's Lad (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Awkward leaving stalls, mid-division, switched right over 2f out, some headway after, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 5l behind Sacrilege (9-6) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Whotsit (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Always in rear, 9th of 13, 16l behind Sacrilege (9-6) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, switched right well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 6l behind Cyril The Squirrel (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Jul.
Athboy Auction 8-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Boldinor (9-2) at Leicester 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Renege The Joker 66-1 (7-12) Slowly into stride, intouch in rear, rapid headway to join leaders over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 21l behind Mistoffelees (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 3f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.