MARFORD MISSILE comes out best at the weights. A runner-up on the Polytrack on his last couple of starts, he split higher rated rivals than today's opposition at Wolverhampton last time and gets the vote. A formerly smart handicapper, Rakaan continues on the downgrade and is dropped in class here while Rondeau and Legal legacy are also finding life tough in handicaps off their current marks. Soweto Star has a shout on his close-up fifth over C&D in June and an apprentice's 7lb claim brings Efistorm into the equation.
Rakaan (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 11l behind Zacynthus (9-1) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Rondeau (GR) 9-1 (9-9) Hampered start, held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 4th of 7, 3l behind Bravo Echo (9-7) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Legal Legacy 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 13th of 14, 13l behind Don Libre (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Soweto Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 9l behind Strathnaver (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Efistorm 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, driven and no impression over 1f out, 6th of 9, 5l behind Ghostwing (8-13) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Spin Again (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Dannios (9-9) at Yarmouth 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Frognal (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, some late headway, never a factor, 4th of 8, 4l behind Zacynthus (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Marford Missile (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, held close home, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Prime Exhibit (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Divine Rule (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind One Way Or Another (9-3) at Brighton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.