Chookie Avon likes it around here and showed himself in good heart when scoring at Wolverhampton on Monday but a penalty takes him to his highest ever mark. I Confess gained the 15th success of his career on soft ground at Beverley last month though a 6lb rise looks harsh and he's better on the all-weather. Robert The Painter made a winning debut in 2010 but hasn't won in 18 subsequent starts though he came close when touched off by High Resolution at Hamilton last time. He might find a couple of these too speedy for him and SILVER RIME, who has generally competed at a slightly higher level and was a good runner-up to Dolphin Rock when dropped into this grade at Thirsk last month, could be the one to take advantage. Liliargh was having only her fifth start when runner-up to Clumber Place at Newcastle last week and should improve enough to make her presence felt.
Chookie Avon 12-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leaders, not clear run over 2f out, led over 1f out, held on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Light From Mars (9-6) by hd, 12 ran.
The Osteopath (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never any chance, 7th of 14, 15l behind It's A Mans World (8-9) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 11-10fav (9-10) Led, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind High Resolution (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Ralphy Boy (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Raced far side, chased leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Take Cover (8-12) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Sep.
Quick Bite (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, narrow lead, headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Frozen Over (9-1) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Silver Rime (FR) 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out on outer, chased winner inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Dolphin Rock (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
I Confess 15-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway to go 4th over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep beating Fame Again (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Joshua The First 4-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Fame Again (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
It's A Mans World 25-1 (8-5) Mid-division far side, driven to chase leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 15th of 28, 12l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Ventura Sands (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 14l behind Silverware (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Northern Fling 20-1 (9-10) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, last of 14, 19l behind Dark Ruler (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Jinky 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Frequency (9-11) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Polar Annie 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Steel Stockholder (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Liliargh (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Clumber Place (8-10) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy.