RISING SHADOW is well enough handicapped to be risked in this contest with Dark Moment and Salerosa providing solid alternatives. Cut in the ground would be desirable for Noel Wilson's runner whilst there are also doubts about the trip as he has yet to win beyond six furlongs but his mark has tumbled since he won a handicap off 93 little more than a year ago. He shaped with much more promise on his latest start when the market also suggested that he'd been showing more at home and he may be able to take advantage of the assessor's leniency. Dark Moment has proved well named as he's had the odd one in his career, refusing to race at this track in July and occasionally starting slowly. However, he's proved most progressive when willing and may be able to put his latest run behind. Salerosa comes into the race on the back of a victory at Southwell for which she's been handed a 5lb rise which leaves her on a career high mark. That seems a little harsh but it would be no surprise to see her improve again now that she's found her form. Misphire is on a winning mark and will relish any rainfall whilst there are a number more that cases can be made for on the pick of their efforts as one would expect in a race of this nature but Rising Shadow is fancied to overshadow his rivals.
Rising Shadow (IRE) 5-1fav (9-0) Held up stand's side, stayed on over 1f out, 5th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Viva Volta (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Mujaadel (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 9l behind She's In The Money (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Allformary 17-2 (8-9) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon faded, 9th of 11, 16l behind Mcconnell (9-1) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (4) fbs in Sep.
Misphire 8-1 (9-1) Prominent, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Zomerlust (9-10) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Dark Moment 4-1fav (8-12) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Malcheek (9-2) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Cornus 10-1 (8-8) Took keen hold early, held up, ridden 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Cape Vale (9-6) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Mr Wolf 9-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Go Go Green (9-0) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Salerosa (IRE) 5-1fav (8-10) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Sep beating Hits Only Jude (9-6) by 1l, 14 ran.
He's A Humbug (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Raced wide, close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind King Of Swords (8-12) at Pontefract 5f hcap (5) gf in Aug.
Eastern Hills 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to chase winner 1f out, hung left and stayed on, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Simple Rhythm (9-1) at Nottingham 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Zabeel Tower 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon chasing winner, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Malcheek (9-2) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
This Ones For Eddy 11-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Social Rhythm (8-10) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Soto 9-2 (8-13) In touch, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Finsbury (9-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Billy Cadiz 66-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 17th of 19, 22l behind Capone (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Rum Raisin 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 5th approaching straight, soon weakened, 16th of 18, 21l behind Theother Haaf (8-13) at Fairyhouse 1m 1f 3yo app hcp 0-70 in Sep.