Recent 6f winners Escape To Glory and Piscean look high enough in the weights but Lord Ofthe Shadows has decent claims on his latest close-up fifth at Newbury where Kakatosi was well beaten. Noble Citizen posted one of his better efforts at Kempton last time with the disappointing favourite Mizwaaj behind but preference is for VERSE OF LOVE. He didn't get the best of runs when fifth at Chester on his latest start but is progressive and worth another chance here. Konstantin and Picture Dealer arrive in good form but are upped in class.
Escape To Glory (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, led post, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Pea Shooter (9-1) by ns, 16 ran.
Piscean (USA) 28-1 (8-9) Always in rear, last of 7, 11l behind My Propeller (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Emilio Largo (9-9) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Noble Citizen (USA) 11-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, ran on entering final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 3l behind Chapter And Verse (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Mizwaaj (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd brielfy over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Chapter And Verse (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Verse Of Love 4-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway to dispute 2nd over 4f out, driven to chase leader over 2f out, keeping on one pace when short of room near finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Clockmaker (9-1) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Kakatosi 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, driven along 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 7l behind Emilio Largo (9-9) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Konstantin (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Good Authority (9-7) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Picture Dealer 6-1 (9-5) Held up in touch centre, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and everey chance iniside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, nk behind Bravo Echo (9-8) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.