Mark Johnston has had the winner of this twice in recent years and relies on Ebor fifth Oriental Fox and SCATTER DICE, who also ran well at York, this time. The latter is weighted to reverse Chester running with Kiama Bay and, though hard to predict, it would be no surprise to see him go close off a decent mark. Pallasator reappears following a lengthy absence but fitness is rarely an issue with a Sir Mark Prescott runner and he's potentially better than a handicapper. Clowance Estate could figure with the rains arriving while Platinum and Semeen arrive at the top of their game. This might be too competitive for the former but Luca Cumani's charge is likely to appreciate the step up in distance and is still improving. Poyle Thomas is another with more to offer having only had five starts. He won over 1m5f at Newbury and is tenacious, though could be biting off more than he can chew in this grade.
Pallasator 11-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up last, niggled along 5f out, headway on outside over 3f out, chased leader inside final 2f, led 1f out, idled in front and kept up to work, always doing enough, won at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep '12 beating Nicholascopernicus (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Oriental Fox (GER) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway and effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Tiger Cliff (9-0) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Tropical Beat 5-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Party Line (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Gassin Golf 6-4fav (8-6) Slowly into stide, took keen hold towards rear, pushed along and no progress over 3f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, never able to challenge, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rumh (9-3) at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep '12.
Clowance Estate (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Mysterious Man (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Suraj 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and early reminders, held up in rear, plugged on final furlong, never involved, 11th of 17, 8l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Blue Bajan (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Platinum (IRE) 12-5fav (9-7) Held up, headway to track leaders after 3f, led going well over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Hawk Mountain (9-1) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Semeen 7-4fav (9-8) Keen hold in mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul beating Sadler's Risk (10-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and joined 2f out, headed over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, weakened in closing stages, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Itlaaq 25-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 11l behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Cousin Khee 7-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd last 50 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Spiritoftomintoul (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Nanton (USA) 6-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 11l behind Kiwayu (8-13) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Poyle Thomas 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, regained lead inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Continuum (10-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Wyborne 11-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, switched left start and held up in mid-division, pushed along on inside 3f out, soon lost place, last of 17, 16l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.