The veteran Classic Punch is hard to predict but still capable of winning at this level on his day. He's up 3lb for last month's win at Doncaster while the handicapper may have caught up with Hydrant now given he's 10lb higher than when beating Saint Thomas here back in June. Triple Eight finished ahead of subsequent winner Arc Light before scoring himself at Ripon last week and he can figure but BE PERFECT gets the nod. He's slipped 10lb down the handicap since the start of the year and Dandy Nicholls' charge is fancied to take advantage in this lesser company.
Be Perfect (USA) 33-1 (9-2) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 6l behind Winterlude (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Classic Punch (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul beating Manomine (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Moccasin (FR) 9-1 (9-12) Held up in last pair, pushed along and struggling over 2f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Platinum (9-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Hydrant 10-1 (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Charles Camoin (10-0) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Arc Light (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul beating Muharrer (10-0) by nk, 12 ran.
Triple Eight (IRE) 17-2 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, led entering final furlong, forged clear, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Dame Nellie Melba (8-9) by 5l, 7 ran.
Jebel Tara 18-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 15-8fav (10-0) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Maybeme (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Rockweiller 8-1 (10-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Hernando Torres (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.