Bold Cross saves his best for this venue but is 6lb higher than when scoring here last month. He should be thereabouts once again but STAG HILL is preferred. The latter never figured in a higher grade handicap three weeks ago but went close in similar company to this at Ffos Las before that and gets a tentative vote. Spanish Plume still looks a shade high in the weights judged on his recent placed efforts and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Almail (USA) 22-1 (9-9) Always behind, 9th of 10, 10l behind Aleksandar (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bold Cross (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, plugged on final 2f, never involved, 6th of 9, 6l behind Certavi (9-2) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Shukhov (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on inner and 7th halfway, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 14th of 17, 32l behind Toufan Express (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 sft in Jul.
Stag Hill (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 12l behind Bohemian Rhapsody (9-13) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Spanish Plume 9-1 (8-13) Soon led, clear over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Morocco (10-2) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Inffiraaj (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Slowly away, behind, chased leaders after about 3f, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, well behind Strikemaster (10-6) at Thirsk 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced when hampered on inside over 2f out, stayed on to modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 14l behind Weybridge Light (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Cabuchon (GER) 8-1 (8-4) Led until over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, eased over 1f out, 9th of 11, 45l behind Arch Event (8-4) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Run of The Day 11-1 (8-9) Towards rear, reminders over 5f out, soon weakened, last of 7, well behind Picalily (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Global Recovery (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Took keen hold in last pair, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 11, 19l behind Whitefall (8-9) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.