A competitive race in prospect and the challenge of INNOCUOUS can prove to be anything but that. The three-year-old colt relishes soft ground, having won comfortably when that was the description at Ffos Las in July. His follow-up attempt at Goodwood was better than it reads on paper, having had to race wide and he can show that it was just a blip by winning here. Leviathan is very much a danger, as he acts with cut and may be able to improve for this step up in trip. Ingleby Spirit's sole win came here on soft ground and he went close at Newmarket last time so he is entitled to be thereabouts, while another for the shortlist is mudlark Captain Dancer, who remains on a competitive mark.
Icelandic 25-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, 15th of 16, 22l behind Poet's Place (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Lucky Dance (BRZ) 16-1 (9-9) Restless in stalls, held up in mid division, pushed along 3f out, headway soon after, chased winner 2f out, soon every chance until no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Skyfire (8-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Guilded Warrior 16-1 (9-8) Slightly tightened up soon after start, chased leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Captain Ramius (9-6) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Play It Sam 3-1fav (9-13) Led, ridden 2f out, hard pressed well inside final furlong, headed last stride, 2nd of 10, hd behind Autumn Riches (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Medici Pearl 2-1 (9-9) Pressed leader, shaken up to lead entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, eased near finish, won at Hamilton 1m flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug beating She's A Character (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Unbreak My Heart (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 16, 9l behind Albaqaa (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Leviathan 8-1 (8-10) Held up in last trio, good headway on stands rail over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 12, nk behind Navajo Chief (9-7) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Innocuous 2-1fav (8-12) Raced wide, held up towards rear, wide and pushed along entering straight, headway under pressure 2f out, went 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, weakened to 4th close home, 4th of 8, 3l behind Emirates Dream (9-7) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Ingleby Spirit 9-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, went far side and chased one rival 6f out, hung right from 2f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Kalk Bay (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Captain Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on outside 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, never reached leading pair, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Glenridding (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Marvo 7-1 (8-13) Hampered start, held up, smooth headway over 2f out, led on bit over 1f out, soon ridden and edged left, caught post, 2nd of 9, nk behind Credit Swap (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Syrian 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, took keen hold, switched right well over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 6l behind Rigidity (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.