Dandy Nicholls trained the winner of this last year but St Moritz has a bit to prove off his current mark having dropped away tamely at Doncaster last week. The jury is still out on Titus Mills while Al Muheer is still high enough in the weights. Jockey bookings suggest C&D winner Take It To The Max could be the best of Richard Fahey's trio, though he was a long way behind OSTEOPATHIC REMEDY at Ripon last month. Michael Dods' veteran is a real mudlark and will relish the ground here. He get the vote with Connor Nichol able to claim 7lb. Trail Blaze is the obvious danger as he's yet to run a bad race, is a course winner and proven on soft ground. He's 3lb higher than when successful at Thirsk earlier this month but is still on an upward curve.
St Moritz (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) With leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 12l behind Quick Wit (9-10) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gd.
Titus Mills (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, racing awkwardly over 2f out, no impression and soon eased, last of 11, 32l behind Fury (9-4) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Keen, led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 12l behind Anton Chigurh (8-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Lord Aeryn (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Zacynthus (9-1) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Mabaany (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Al Muheer (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Switched left soon after start, held up towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 15, 5l behind Chosen Character (9-2) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Take It To The Max 7-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-0) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Extraterrestrial 25-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, not much room when getting closer over 2f out, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 12, 6l behind Postscript (9-2) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.