War Poet is in decent form but this is surely too sharp for Brian Ellison's charge, though he did finish ahead of Hefner and Karaka Jack over 1m2f at York last time. Naaz won't mind the ground but looks too high in the weights now, as does Sound Advice. MELVIN THE GRATE was favourite at Windsor earlier this month but, though staying on, ran out of time to close down the leaders. This looks a good chance to make amends, though Fazza will appreciate dropping back to a mile.
Hefner (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge well over 2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, 4th of 20, 1 1/2l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Oddysey (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 6l behind Coincidently (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Sound Advice 11-2 (9-2) Dwelt mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 13l behind Chookie Royale (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
War Poet 9-1 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on under pressure closing stages, 3rd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Naaz 9-2fav (9-3) Steadied start, in rear, ridden and headway towards far side 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 15, 11l behind First Post (8-13) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Karaka Jack 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 20, 5l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, carried left over 1f out, lost 2nd and no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 19, 3l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Printmaker (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and lost place over 3f out, 16th of 19, 14l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Fazza 11-1 (8-10) In touch, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 13, 11l behind San Cassiano (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, chased leaders final furlong, not quicken final 100 yards, went 3rd post, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Investment Expert (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ingleby Symphony (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Ayr 1m hcp (3) sft beating True Pleasure (7-9) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 40-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 4th of 13, 3/4l behind Ingleby Symphony (8-0) at Ayr 1m hcp (3) sft.