Richard Fahey took this last year with Faithful Ruler, who bids for a repeat from 4lbs higher, while Paul Hanagan deserts him this time for Arabian Spirit, who has claims, though we will suggest WIGWAM WILLIE at longer odds. Kevin Ryan's charge has not won since June of last year, but he showed signs of a return to form last time in a claimer and now back in a handicap off a mark of 70 it could be the time to catch him, with any ease in the ground a plus. Arabian Spirit carries a penalty for a course and distance win and is another who won't mind rain and he too has won off higher marks if you look far enough back. Barren Brook is 3lbs higher than when scoring over 6f at Redcar and is interesting stepped back up in trip, while Sir Frank Wappat is in good shape and his allowance also gives him claims.
Celtic Change (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Soon led, clear over 2f out, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Shadowtime (9-6) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Snow Bay 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led after 2f, ridden and headed 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind Kyllachy Star (9-7) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Keys of Cyprus 28-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 18, 2 1/4l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-2) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Arabian Spirit 5-1fav (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, held on well, won at Ayr 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Elijah Pepper (8-12) by 1l, 12 ran.
Barren Brook 2-1fav (9-4) Raced keenly, with leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure towards finish, won at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Prince Of Vasa (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Wise Dennis 7-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, driven 2f out, no headway, well beaten final furlong, last of 6, 9l behind Kay Gee Be (9-8) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Veiled Applause 16-1 (9-4) Held up in 6th on inside, switched left and driven final furlong, stayed on to 2nd final 50 yards, no impression, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind City Of The Kings (9-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Harriet's Girl 5-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Dream Win (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Huntingfortreasure 4-1 (9-0) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, 5th of 6, 32l behind Tres Coronas (9-1) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Espero (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 12l behind Justonefortheroad (9-9) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Antoniola (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Held up behind, headway on inside rail 2f out, switched left and ridden 1f out, stayed on to to go 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Parvaaz (9-3) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Wigwam Willie (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Behind, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Moody Tunes (9-8) at Newcastle 1m clm stks (6) gs in Aug.
Sir Frank Wappat 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Master Mylo (8-13) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.