Some of the jockeys are likely to be more weary than their mounts at the finish and it's hard to know what to make of a race in which the likes of George Duffield, Luke Harvey and Nicky Connorton return to race riding after many years out of the saddle but Tom O'Ryan keeps active on the gallops and will ensure Muftarres gets a good ride. USA legend Julie Krone won this a year ago and Richard Fahey will be delighted to have her on board Sunnyside Tom, though her mount hasn't won for a year. Mick Kinane will no doubt get a tune out of Patriotic but this could just be the type of race for SAVE THE BEES, a consistent but mainly luckless type who has the assistance of former champion Kevin Darley.
Alhaban (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leader until over 6f out, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 13l behind Justbookie Dot Com (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Aug.
Chookie Avon 6-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug beating Giorgio's Dragon (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 9-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and lost place 4f out, not a factor after, 6th of 11, 8l behind Angelic Upstart (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
File And Paint (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 17, 44l behind Abidhabidubai (8-10) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 12, 5l behind Speedi Mouse (8-13) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Handheld 6-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Pravda Street (8-8) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol.
Hawaana (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway and switched left over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Semeen (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Muftarres (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and kept on towards finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind Fathsta (9-5) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Patriotic (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace inside fiinal furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Position (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Pirate Chest (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, faded entering final furlong, 9th of 11, 7l behind Dolphin Rock (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Save The Bees 11-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, challenged over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hayek (9-6) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Sir Francis Drake 22-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 9l behind Postscript (9-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Sunnyside Tom (IRE) 9-2fav (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Fathsta (9-5) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
The Ducking Stool 8-1 (9-6) Rider removed blind late dwelt, headway to track leader over 8f out, joined leader over 4f out, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 8, 15l behind Jawhar (10-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Gunner Will (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Raced wide early, tracked winner, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Kinglami (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Aug.
Masters Blazing 22-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden 2f out, no impression, 9th of 12, 14l behind Speedi Mouse (8-13) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Eastward Ho 5-1 (8-9) With leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 11l behind Wannabe King (9-1) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Ted's Brother (IRE) 4-1fav (9-12) Held up in rear, ridden and effort over 1f out, not able to get on terms, one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Chookie Royale (9-10) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 13, 11l behind Standpoint (9-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd in Aug.