Skylla ran a fine race in a competitive York handicap last time but will face stiff competition for the lead from We Have A Dream, who is without a win this term but excels over this trip and could well prove hard to pass. Our vote however goes to HORSERADISH for Michael Bell, a horse yet to finish out of the frame in six starts, winning three. He's got a fine record fresh so the 131-day absence is no concern and he'll cope should the heavens open, so in a tightly-nit race the least exposed member of the line-up can find what he needs to score. Fathsta has come back to form lately but he's shown a distinct liking for less conventional tracks and may be best watched while Lucky Numbers' course win came over five furlong and that trip does seem to serve him best.
Fathsta (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Hajoum (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Lucky Numbers (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders to over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 7l behind Confessional (8-10) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders in far side group, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 17, 10l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
We Have A Dream 14-1 (9-8) Led, hung right 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 8l behind Caledonia Princess (8-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Horseradish 11-4 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May beating Rule Of Nature (8-10) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Skylla 20-1 (9-0) Led 1f, pressed leader, every chance 2f out, staying on same pace when hampered and snatched up final 100 yards, 6th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.