Big Johnny D chases a hat-trick after scoring on his handicap debut at Redcar in a canter. The handicapper must have been impressed as he's raised him 13lb for that success and GREEN HOWARD makes more appeal. The latter returned to winning ways at Newcastle last month and won off a higher mark last season. Purcell has raced solely over 6f to date but should be in the mix if lasting home having won at Chester last time while Head Of Steam can also be given a chance back in a more suitable grade.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on inside over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 16, 10l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Ginger Jack 11-1 (9-8) Led early, tracked leader 1f, lost place and in last pair 7f out, never on terms after, last of 6, 8l behind Spirit Of The Law (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Big Johnny D (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Mehdi (9-12) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Head Of Steam (USA) 16-1 (8-0) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 16th of 18, 11l behind Magic City (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Alfred Hutchinson 33-1 (8-8) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 13, 19l behind First Mohican (9-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 20, 8l behind Clear Spring (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
King Of Eden (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 13, 9l behind Laffan (9-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Purcell (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, kept on, led narrowly towards finish, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug beating Lastchancelucas (9-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Chookie Royale 10-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-11) at Carlisle 1m Ladies Handicap (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gs in Aug.
Green Howard 5-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug beating Victoire De Lyphar (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sam Nombulist 33-1 (9-3) Always behind, 14th of 16, 19l behind Norse Blues (9-7) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Ready (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead and bumped inside final furlong, stayed on, headed post, 2nd of 10, hd behind Ziekhani (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug.