BANDAMA will not be much of a price but he should be too good for the likes of Quince and Ghufa. The selection has been a little disappointing of late but he did win a competitive Newmarket handicap back in June and he is dropped into this grade for the first time. He really should have too much for his rivals and he is a confident pick. Quince is another eased in grade and he has won in claiming company in the past. This longer trip will suit and he looks the main danger to our pick. Ghufa was beaten over this course and distance in a claimer last time and although he has place prospects, it will be a surprise if he is good enough to win. Iffy is better than he showed here last time but on the back of that effort he is hard to fancy. A solid case can be made for Bandama and he gets the pick.
Bandama (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased, 13th of 16, 27l behind Coin Of The Realm (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Ghufa (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, effort on inside over 2f out, driven along and one pace over 1f out, 5th of 12, 5l behind Mista Rossa (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Quince (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Held up, never near leaders, 10th of 13, 16l behind Baltimore Jack (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Gasat (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, switched right after 1f, soon made headway, led 6f out, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 14l behind Primo Dilettante (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Little Sark (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Led 1f, chased leaders, driven to challenge 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Mista Rossa (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
New England 5-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 18l behind Rose Row (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Felicia 50-1 (9-6) Close up on inside, chased leading pair inside final 3f, one pace and no chance final 2f, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Bengal Tiger (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Iffy 20-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, raced wide, always towards rear, 11th of 12, 20l behind Mista Rossa (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Lord Orpen (IRE) 66-1 (7-12) Prominent until weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Who's Winning (8-5) at Chepstow 6f clm stks (6) gd in Sep.
Andaman Sunset 25-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up last, well in rear over 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Megalala (8-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Kilmeena Magic 28-1 (8-11) Mainly in rear, 12th of 16, 22l behind Hallings Overture (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Aug '08.