Gala Casino Star has struggled at the weights since completing a hat-trick in the summer but Hillview Boy has gradually been dropping in the ratings and is no forlorn hope despite his weight. Amaze won a Ripon maiden over this trip and was staying on strongly over a mile at Haydock last time. He hasn't had much racing and has the scope to do better while Graham Lee has been on board for both of Another For Joe's victories. Watts Up Son has twice run well from this mark but could be a couple of pounds high while Act Your Shoe Size may just find this too far. QUEEN'S ESTATE won a handicap on heavy ground at Hamilton in July and his only poor subsequent run was in a higher grade at Goodwood. This looks his ground and trip and he looks set for his second career success.
Hillview Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden when not much room over 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 13, 7l behind Edmaaj (9-8) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Ridden briefly leaving stalls, tracked leader until over 6f out, pushed along and edged left over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Calaf (8-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Amaze 12-1 (9-1) Chased leading pair until over 3f out, ridden and went 3rd again 2f out, driven and stayed on to chase winner final 100 yards, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Chosen Character (9-3) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Sep.
Another For Joe 16-1 (8-12) Led centre group to over 3f out, lost place 2f out, soon behind, 23rd of 28, 24l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Watts Up Son 16-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 17, 1l behind Consider Yourself (9-3) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) sft.
Act Your Shoe Size 6-1 (8-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Calaf (8-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Queen's Estate (GER) 7-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Noble Alan (9-12) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.