Golden Shaheen seems dependant on cut in the ground and won't be inconvenienced by stepping back up to seven, but an 8lb rise for winning what looked an ordinary race is enough for us to give the vote to another. That horse is AYE AYE DIGBY, whose close fourth off 2lbs higher here in July reads well. He's not been with new connections long, enjoys rain-softened ground and stays an easy seven. There appeared no fluke about Hot Spark's victory last time and he's a threat up 6lbs, especially as his best form has come with a little ease in the ground, while Woodcote Place was in front soon after the line when second here recently and a 2lb rise is fair. Guilded Warrior's handicap form stacks up and this soft ground winner should also go well but Aye Aye Digby rates our each-way pick.
Guilded Warrior 15-2 (9-11) Led, joined 3f out, ridden and headed just over 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost 2 places close home, 5th of 6, 7l behind Innocuous (8-3) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Aye Aye Digby (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) With far side leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 27, 4l behind Joseph Henry (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Cornus 66-1 (8-11) Soon behind, 13th of 16, 16l behind Poet's Place (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Golden Shaheen (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along and behind, good headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led final 100 yards, won going away, won at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul beating Colonel Mak (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Woodcote Place 15-2 (10-0) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, ran on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 6, ns behind Seneschal (9-9) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Caprio (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) In rear, ridden and heaway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Orpenindeed (9-1) at Epsom Downs 7f clm stks (5) gd in Jul.
Mishrif (USA) 15-2 (9-13) Raced wide early, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Salient (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Viking Spirit 15-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading pair, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lujeanie (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Hot Spark 33-1 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul beating Tesslam (9-9) by 2l, 11 ran.
Suffolk Punch (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) With leader until inside final 3f, stayed front rank, hard ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Glen Shiel (9-6) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Hi Shinko 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1l behind King's Colour (9-11) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.