A few of these leading protagonists have a bit to prove in regards to their handicap mark so we'll take a chance on Jim Goldie's KILLER CLASS, who races off a winning rating, while Joyeaux is closely matched with the pick and could be some value for a place while Caranbola has at least been consistent off his current rating. The selection return to his last winning mark last time and ran really well in a big field sprint handicap on day one of Ayr's Western meeting. That was a slight return to form and in this company he should be going a lot closer. Joyeux was less than a length behind the selection on that last run so given the forecast prices looks to be the each-way play. Caranbola was second best off of his current mark last time but a seven pound claimer on his back that day might mean he'll need further weight removed before scoring. Select Committee remains seven pounds heavier than when scoring two start ago and he is yet to win under such a heavy burden while Fern House looks up against running from out of the handicap. This looks a little trappy and Killer Class should be the best treated.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway and switched sharply left approaching final furlong, no danger after, 9th of 14, 6l behind Captain Scooby (8-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
First Order 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind My Kingdom (9-6) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Highland Warrior 28-1 (9-4) Behind stands side group, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 9th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Medici Time (9-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Select Committee 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 1/2l behind King Of Swords (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Distant Sun (USA) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, not clear run from 2f out until headway and switched right over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 7th of 13, 5l behind Wicked Wilma (8-11) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Caranbola 33-1 (8-2) Hampered start, behind and adrift of remainder, ran on strongly inside final furlong, finished well, just failed, 2nd of 16, ns behind King Of Swords (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Mandarin Spirit (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Lujano (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Killer Class 14-1 (8-10) Chased leaders stands side group, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 24, 2 1/4l behind Medici Time (9-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Joyeaux 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division stands side group, ridden, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 24, 2 3/4l behind Medici Time (9-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Fern House (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, hard driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer, 4th of 10, 3l behind Lithaam (8-12) at Chepstow 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.