A tight handicap to close the card and MATTEROFACT is nominated over the likes of Desperate Dan and Azygous. Gary Moore seems to know how to get the best out of ROCKERand he won well when beating Matterofact last time. However, on these terms our selection should reverse the form today, especially as he has a better draw. Desperate Dan has been in good form of late and he gets on well with his young pilot. He will need to be produced fast and late to win this, but he is in good heart and he should be in the mix. Pick Up Sticks ran well here last time, while Azygous is better than he showed in that race. Digital wins in his turn and he can't be ruled out, but in a race where many have some sort of a chance, we will pick Matterofact to lead them home.
What Do You Know 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon behind, last of 13, 28l behind Blessed Place (8-5) at Sandown 5f hcap (4) sft in Sept.
Digital 14-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon not clear run, switched right and driven inside final furlong, kept on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Haajes (9-1) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sept.
Classic Encounter (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 9l behind Tony The Tap (9-0) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Rocker 13-2 (8-10) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 2f, driven and ran on to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Matterofact (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Cape Royal 5-1 (9-1) Went left soon after start, led 4f out, headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Dazed And Amazed (9-7) at Bath 5f clm (6) gf in Sept.
Make My Dream 11-2 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Memphis Man (9-1) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sept.
Matterofact (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) With leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened by final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Chelsea Girl (8-8) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Desperate Dan 9-2 (8-6) Carried right start, soon hampered, mid-division, headway 2f out, every chance 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Dazed And Amazed (9-7) at Bath 5f clm (6) gf in Sept.
Hart of Gold 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, every chance entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Kyllachy Storm (8-3) at Goodwood 6f app hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Azygous 9-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, no chance when hung left final 2f, 11th of 16, 7l behind Multahab (8-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
Trinculo (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leader on inside, ridden to lead over 2f out, pressed from over 1f out, no extra when headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Avoca Dancer (9-0) at Brighton 6f sll (6) gd in Sept.
Kalligal 28-1 (8-8) Prominent for 3f far side, 13th of 14, 14l behind Rocker (8-10) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Pic Up Sticks 11-2jt-fav (9-2) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ran on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Multahab (8-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.
Fly Time 66-1 (8-0) Slowly into stride, behind, short lived effort on far rail over 2f out, 12th of 16, 8l behind Multahab (8-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sept.