DELIBERATION heads a strong northern challenge and can complete the three-timer for the Kevin Ryan/Julie Burke combination. The gelding has taken time to find his form but has looked much-improved the last twice, both times making all and staying on to land the spoils in comfortable fashion. He's up 11lb for those wins but his bold tactics should suit this track and he's preferred to Blue Deer. The Channon inmate looks on a decent mark and went close at Brighton last time behind course specialist Mandhooma. Ceffyl Gwell should be all the better for his Newbury run after an absence and completes the short-list ahead of Rutterkin.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 28-1 (9-5) Rider removed blind late, dwelt never on terms, 8th of 11, 6l behind Seamus Shindig (8-8) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ceffyl Gwell 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 6l behind Oneladyowner (9-5) at Newbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Blue Deer (IRE) 4-1 (8-2) Led, under pressure over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Mandhooma (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Deliberation (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug beating Inca Blue (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Saucy Buck (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to press for 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Golden Compass (8-12) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mirabile Visu 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, never on terms, eased over 1f out, 15th of 16, 26l behind Plea (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
I Got You Babe (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Led early, prominent, stayed far side 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, held towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Sleights Boy (8-4) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Rutterkin (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Held up, stayed far side 3f out, headway 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, just held by winner on stands side close home, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Sleights Boy (8-4) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.