Most of the pace in this looks to be among the high numbers so If So, who has already had a good season, will have no excuses from stall 21. Lightly-weighted three-year-old Mayaasem also catches the eye, though he's closely matched with Saloomy on Newmarket running. Muthmir was disappointing last time and may not have been done any favours by the draw while Dark Castle could also struggle but Thunderball won off a 3lb higher mark over track and trip in the spring and could run well at decent odds. BABY STRANGE would have preferred more rain but won this in 2010 and showed he retains plenty of ability when successful at Newcastle in June. Only beaten a neck at Newmarket when favourite last time, the grey has struck up a good understanding with 7lb claimer Adam McLean and must be thereabouts again granted a clear run. Line Of Reason has been rested since running below par at York in July and is another to consider.
Pearl Ice 9-1 (8-3) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 20, 7l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Love Island 12-1 (9-10) Raced far side, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 12th of 20, 8l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Zacynthus (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 13, 5l behind Laffan (9-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Thunderball 25-1 (8-10) Close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 11l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
If So 7-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug beating Zhiggy's Stardust (9-10) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Baby Strange 7-1fav (9-3) In rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 3rd of 14, hd behind Crew Cut (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Jack Luey 8-1 (8-5) Raced centre pushed along in rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 10l behind Confessional (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
West Leake Diman (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Close up, ridden and weakened entering final furlong, 12th of 15, 10l behind Secret Look (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Lupo D'oro (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Started very slowly and lost all chance, always in rear, last of 14, 14l behind Burning Thread (9-3) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Line Of Reason (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 20, 8l behind Tropics (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Saloomy 9-4 (9-8) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Mayaasem (9-6) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Dark Castle 11-2fav (9-1) Raced far side, in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd and lead centre group near finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Muthmir (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, keen, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 6l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Shafaani 20-1 (8-3) Led centre group, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 9l behind Can You Conga (7-11) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Diman Waters (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Arctic Feeling (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Raced near side, always behind, 17th of 20, 14l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Al Khan (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Bumped and slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, driven over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Bop It (9-4) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside over 1f out, never involved, 10th of 14, 10l behind Burning Thread (9-3) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Tarooq (USA) 3-1fav (9-11) In touch, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 4l behind Celtic Sixpence (9-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Mayaasem 11-8fav (9-6) Keen tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Saloomy (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Enderby Spirit (GR) 33-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Crew Cut (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear on rail, switched left over 1f out, strong run to lead inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on strongly, comfortably, won at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating The Strig (8-13) by 2l, 11 ran.