An open looking race, which we think could go the way of HARRIS BAY who is selected ahead of Flemish Invader and Party Palace. Henrietta Knight's 9 year old was pulled up in his last three outings, but should be fresh enough to recapture past glories having been off the track for nearly 6 months. He's joint top weight, but there shouldn't be concerns over the going, with a number of his career victories coming up with some cut in the ground. He's one of only two runners to have won at this trip. Flemish Invader has 5 pounds in hand, but is looking for a double having won last time out at Perth over slightly further last month. He was among the top weights that day, and again, there shouldn't be any worries over the conditions. Party Palace also won last out time, albeit over a shorter trip. Expect her to be at the vanguard from early on, on a course where front runners can get a good advantage. It looks a competitive start to proceedings, but we'll side with Harris Bay.
Harris Bay 28-1 (11-10) Held up, hit 5th, ridden and never travelling final circuit, behind when pulled up 4 out in race won by Le Duc (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Wise Owl 4-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway, in touch halfway, ridden, one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 8, 32l behind Cool Operator (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Sept.
Midas Way 33-1 (10-13) Chased leader, challenged 4 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 18, 18l behind The Tother One (10-8) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Bathwick Breeze 9-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 13, 43l behind Lord Ryeford (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sept.
Flemish Invader (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2 out, edged right and kept on from last, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sept beating Laureldean Melody (11-12) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Pepporoni Pete (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, effort 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 10, 10l behind King's Head (11-2) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sept.
Oscar Gogo (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Mid-division, in touch, outpaced 6th, stayed on throughout, no danger, 4th of 11, 9l behind Dalaram (11-5) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Sept.
Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, every chance flat, not quicken, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Dancing Mist (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sept.
Cornish Jester 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led 5th, ridden and hung left from 3 out, headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Jomelamin (9-9) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in May.
Master Wells (IRE) 15-8 (10-7) Prominent, chased leader 3 out, shaken up 2 out, led last, headed final strides, 2nd of 11, shd behind Advancement (11-0) at N Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jun.
Party Palace 9-1 (11-1) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, rallied to lead approaching 2 out, ran on well flat, won at N Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug beating Raise Again (11-3) by 10l, 7 ran.
Nawow 12-1 (10-13) Behind, headway 10th, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 45l behind Mokum (10-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Dec '06.
Orion Express 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 29l behind Phone In (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sept.
Baseball Ted (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Held up, ridden and headway from 3 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 11l behind Sandymac (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Lupita (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up, some headway 8th, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 30l behind Delayed Approach (11-0) at Southwell 2m 5f mrs mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.