ISHETOO may be able to make every yard from the one box and defy topweight although he's likely to have Le Toreador for company from the off whilst Equuleus Pictor is no slouch. Any rain would be in favour of John Spearing's runner who had just enough cut in the ground to run close to his best at York whilst it would also raise the possibility of the field coming over to the stands' side which would negate the impact of his high draw to some extent. On the assumption that the rain stays away, Ishetoo makes some appeal as he's just 1lb higher than when winning a similar race at York in the summer. He's fitted with a visor for the first time which may sharpen him up sufficiently to hold his position from the off. Le Toreador likes to lead but could struggle to make every yard in this company and of more interest is Pavershooz who was well backed to win a valuable race at Doncaster only to run no race. He's won at this track and could well bounce back but is another that wouldn't want any rain. Neither Fathom Five nor Cape Vale will be inconvenienced by inclement conditions whilst Mondovi may benefit if they go too fast up front and is relatively unexposed. Hypnosis is something of a course specialist but this is too strong a race for her and Ishetoo can prove strongest of all.
Ishetoo 3-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, ridden and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Captain Dunne (8-9) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Pavershooz 7-1fav (9-0) With leader far side, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 22, 18l behind Santo Padre (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Fathom Five (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased leader, under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Cheveton (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Le Toreador 20-1 (9-3) Led 4f, 18th of 20, 16l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Northern Dare (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Prominent stands side, hanging left 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 22, 4 1/2l behind Santo Padre (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Toms Laughter 33-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 9l behind Strike The Deal (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep.
Mondovi 8-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep beating Feelin Foxy (8-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Cape Vale (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Led stands side group, ridden and headed by that group over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 21st of 25, 12l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-12) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Equuleus Pictor 22-1 (9-4) Raced centre, overall leader, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra final strides, 3rd of 18, 1/2l behind Russian Spirit (9-2) at York 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Stolt (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Led stands side group, ridden over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 5l behind Guto (8-0) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Favourite Girl (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, weakened final 1f, 5th of 9, 4l behind Sea Of Leaves (8-11) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gf.
Angus Newz 16-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sea Of Leaves (8-11) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gf.
The Nifty Fox 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Invincible Lad (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-90 (3) fbs in Sep.
Legal Eagle (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 13, nk behind Gwilym (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hypnosis 28-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up, never dangerous, last of 12, 14l behind Invincible Lad (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-90 (3) fbs in Sep.