Dandy Nicholls farmed this race in the early 2000's and is taken to win this year's renewal with JOSEPH HENRY, although Invincible Force, Brae Hill and Invisible Man will prove hard nuts to crack. With a fair draw in stall six, the selection should be able to build on a very pleasing effort at Thirsk last month. He looks well-handicapped on a mark of 87 and despite not being a prolific winner he is fancied to score. Celtic Sultan is a course winner and represents a red-hot yard, Guilded Warrior's reappearance win at Leicester had plenty of substance to it, whilst Academy Blues has an entry at Southwell on Wednesday but is considered if taking part due to his vast progress. Dubai Dynamo continues to run excellent races (albeit in defeat), whilst Invincible Force knows how to win at the track and is respected despite looking high enough in the weights. Dunn'o should have fared better at Sandown (his favourite track) last time, so is opposed along with Brae Hill. This may be a dangerous tactic given he has joined a wildly progressive outfit, however despite a good draw he is taken on due to looking high enough in the weights now. Invisible Man will be popular with Frankie coming to Chester for the day but his best efforts have come on tracks with a longer run-in, Carcinetto is poorly handicapped, whilst Suroor is respected given her excellent record at this time of year. Top-weight Extraterrestrial is not out of it either, so in a competitive heat, it is Joseph Henry who is given the vote.
Extraterrestrial 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 6th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Brunston (8-2) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Suruor (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Slowly in to stride, soon pushed along in rear, ridden over 2f out, short lived effort over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Golden Desert (9-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Carcinetto (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Ezdeyaad (8-12) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Invisible Man 13-8fav (9-3) Held up in rear, switched wide over 3f out, ridden over 2f out weakened quickly and eased over 1f out, last of 9, 31l behind Tartan Gunna (8-10) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Close up ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind Thebes (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Brae Hill (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort on inside approaching final furlong, soon every chance, stayed on well, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Desert Dreamer (8-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Dunn'o (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Led, joined 3f out, kept on until headed over 1f out, no chance with easy winner and weakened into 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Mabait (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Invincible Force (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Led early, tracked leader, effort 2f out, kept on and every chance until no extra towards finish, 4th of 15, 1 1/4l behind Osteopathic Remedy (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Webbow (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inisde final furlong, 5th of 20, 2 3/4l behind Collateral Damage (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Dubai Dynamo 8-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, not much room and switched outside inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well towards finish, not reach leaders, 5th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Osteopathic Remedy (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Joseph Henry 14-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Snow Bay (8-9) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 6l behind Tabaret (8-11) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Guilded Warrior 7-1 (9-3) Raced stand side, made all, ridden when challenged from 2f out, stayed on gamely, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr beating Lochan Mor (8-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Academy Blues (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Trans Sonic (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs.