Shane Gray again takes 7lb off Michael Browne's Musselburgh winner Queen Grace and the Irish mare has to go on the short-list in this. Courageous is undoubtedly well treated nowadays but continues to flatter to deceive while Jinker Noble dropped away tamely when favourite at Bath last time and this looks more competitive. WHOZTHECAT beat the useful Haajes when dropped back to 5f at Thirsk and followed that up with another good run behind Last Sovereign at Newmarket. He's in good heart and could be the one to beat today. Bottom weight Diman Waters may be the pick of the remainder.
Queen Grace (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Barney McGrew (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Whozthecat (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Close up far side, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Last Sovereign (9-1) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Quality Art (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 16th of 17, 9l behind Face The Problem (8-13) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Another Wise Kid (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 9, 11l behind Chiswick Bey (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Bop It 11-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 7l behind Heeraat (9-6) at York 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo) (2) gs in Aug.
Courageous (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 6l behind Drift And Dream (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Hamoody (USA) 10-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 11th of 23, 3l behind Time Medicean (8-1) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Invincible Force (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Prominent, lost place 3f out, last of 17, 33l behind Mappin Time (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in May.
Jinker Noble 4-1fav (8-12) Soon slight lead, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 17, 29l behind Divine Call (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Diman Waters (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Pushed along towards rear, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 4l behind Sunny Side Up (8-11) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.