MONTE CAVALLO will need to settle better than he did when flattering to deceive at Sandown but in the hope that he does Michael Wigham's charge gets the vote. Yet to win since arriving from South Africa, our pick has dropped down to an attractive mark and he did win over just short of two miles there so stamina isn't an issue. Chief threat among the opposition may well be Snoqualmie Star, who won here over a mile in July and shaped at Nottingham as though 1m3f wouldn't be a problem, although a 5lb rise for that narrow defeat might just be. Mannlichen has dropped down to the same mark that saw him win here last winter and he'll be a threat to all if allowed to dominate although with stablemate Lovers Causeway and Cobo Bay in opposition that may not be easy. Sea Change has the worst of the draw but he's a fascinating handicap debutant and support must be taken very seriously.
Encircled 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon ridden and every chance, ran on, 2nd of 9, hd behind Sherman Mccoy (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Cobo Bay 6-4fav (9-9) Tracked leader, challenged leader and hung left over 1f out, soon led, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f clm stks (5) gd in Aug beating Beck's Bolero (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Ellemujie 5-1 (9-10) In rear, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 10l behind Critical Path (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, driven and headway when hung right over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Sequillo (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 6-1 (9-10) Steadied start, pulled hard, held up last, travelling well from 2f out, switched left to outside well over 1f out, ridden to chase leading pair entering final furlong, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Sequillo (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Snoqualmie Star 7-1 (8-13) Pressed leader, ridden 2f out, edged left and kept on inside final furlong, gaining near finish, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Bahamian Music (8-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Mannlichen 12-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 16, 49l behind Brushing (9-6) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Lovers Causeway (USA) 11-2 (9-5) Led until over 5f out, soon faded, last of 7, 44l behind Emerald Glade (8-6) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Countess Comet (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, not clear run just inside 3f out, hampered over 2f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 8l behind Aktia (9-8) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Bid For Glory 16-1 (10-0) Held up in 6th, pushed along 4f out, struggling 3f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Moscow Oznick (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Spiritual Art 7-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, hampered well over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 8l behind Ken's Girl (9-5) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Thundering Home 11-2 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in last pair, not much room 5f out, headway to 3rd over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, no impression when wandered under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Now What (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Sea Change (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway to track leaders over 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Plato (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gs in Aug.