Itlaaq is perfectly at home in this grade and should make a bold bid along with Woolfall Treasure, who has decent claims on his earlier second over C&D at the Shergar Cup meeting. Ardlui posted a good effort at Chester last time which suggests he won't be far away while the the three-year-old Somemothersdohavem won at Kempton last month with a below-par Red Orator well beaten. The latter has since gone close at Hamilton and it's too soon to write him off but a chance is taken on OCEAN'S MINSTREL. Fourth in the 2010 Cesarewitch, he was having his first outing since when running well for a long way in Listed company on his comeback. He looks to have retained his ability so John Ryan's charge gets the nod.
Itlaaq 18-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, no extra in 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Sir Graham Wade (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) fm in Sep.
Woolfall Treasure 20-1 (9-5) Led 3f, chased winner, tried to close 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no chance when lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 13l behind Rumh (9-3) at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Ocean's Minstrel 100-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 10l behind Caucus (9-3) at Newmarket 2m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Ardlui (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up, pushed along over 5f out, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Countrywide Flame (9-9) at Chester 2m hcap (3) gs in Sep.
First Avenue 33-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 8th of 18, 16l behind Domination (8-9) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Orsippus (USA) 15-2 (8-11) In touch, pushed along 4f out, driven inside final 3f, weakened 2f out, 11th of 20, 32l behind Hurricane Higgins (9-10) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Aug.
Valid Reason 9-2 (10-0) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, 5th of 10, 14l behind New Youmzain (8-9) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Ethics Girl (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden when hampered over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Malekov (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Hawkeshead 16-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, edged left and headed over 1f out, led again inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Daring Indian (9-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Flashman 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out to over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Courtesy Call (8-13) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp (3) fm in Sep.
Red Orator 7-2 (9-2) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Moidore (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Sep.
Somemothersdohavem 4-1 (9-10) In touch in rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Welsh Bard (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.