Stamina will be the key to winning this handicap and that's something in the favour of last time out success story MITH HILL, who is given the verdict in the last ahead of No Rules and According To Pete. The selection easily landed a similar saying test last time out on his return to level after a successful hurdles campaign. It is true he won't want things any softer under hoof but as long as the rains stay away he should go well despite his penalty. No Rules just missed out on victory last time and as a result is up five pounds that's probably about fair and stamina is also no problem. According To Pete is a top-class hurdler but has tasted success on the level. He looks to be off a good looking mark in this sphere and has to be respected in these conditions. Woody Waller, Summer Soul and Danzatrice are all also weighted to be involved but in a tough get out stakes Mith Hill looks just the safest option.
Sphinx (FR) 16-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, held up mid-division, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 11l behind Saga De Tercey (9-6) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Mith Hill 17-2 (9-2) Made virtually all, hard pressed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Chester 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Double Banded (10-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Woody Waller 4-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 6f out, effort over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Valdan (8-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Summer Soul (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, behind and early reminders, soon in touch, ridden over 3f out, kept on under pressure final 2f, no impression, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Puy D'arnac (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Simonside 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Dulcie (8-5) at York 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Birkside 8-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 14l behind Ifatfirst (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
According To Pete 8-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway 7f out, kept on 2f out, 4th of 17, 8l behind Hawridge Star (10-10) at Haydock 1m 6f Am hcp (5) hvy in Sep '08.
Ecole D'Art (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division throughout, never a factor, 11th of 13, 13l behind Song of Pride (9-4) at Down Royal 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in Jun.
Danzatrice 12-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dulcie (8-5) at York 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
No Rules 7-2fav (8-10) Pulled hard, prominent, ridden over 2f out, joined winner and every chance from over 1f out, ran on, always held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Baan (9-2) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Red Wine 12-1 (10-0) Held up, headway over 4f out, soon switched stands side, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 17l behind Promise Maker (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Forrest Flyer (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, challenged 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Puy D'arnac (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Baaher (USA) 9-2fav (9-9) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 15, 9l behind Sendali (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Lets Roll 13-2 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, never troubled leaders, 6th of 13, 12l behind Unawatuna (9-0) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Merrion Tiger (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, 8th of 11, 19l behind Hurricane Thomas (10-0) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Prince Rhyddarch 8-1 (9-10) Pulled hard in touch, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 15, 15l behind Sendali (9-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Pagan Starprincess 11-4fav (8-6) Held up, headway over 2f out, driven to challenge and every chance entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, hd behind Herrera (9-9) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.