GAZBOOLOU is selected to land it ahead of the likes of Dawson Creek and Speyside while Grey Boy and St Petersburg are other contenders of note. The selection has now dropped to mark 8lb below his last winning mark and recent indications are that a return to winning ways might not be too far away. It is worth bearing in mind that Gazboolou did not have the clearest of passages last time, encountering interference from the eventual second. Dawson Creek has received a 7lb hike having landed a seven furlong handicap at Lingfield. A rating of 66 leaves him on a career high mark while Speyside should appreciate the drop back to ten furlongs. He is rather one paced inside the closing stages of his races and will always be vulnerable to one finishing with a kick from behind. Grey Boy landed a 'touch' for connections when scoring on his penultimate start but found the six furlongs on the sharp side at Newmarket last time. St Petersburg has tumbled down the ratings but is a shadow of his former self while Faithful Ruler has attracted cash on his last number of starts. A wide open affair and Gazboolou is given the vote.
Wrecking Crew (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Hall Hee (8-12) at Bath 1m mdn stk (5) gd in Aug.
Onenightinlisbon (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) In rear, plenty to do 2f out, steady headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 12, 5l behind Rescue Me (9-1) at Windsor 1m fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Wrighty Almighty (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Steadied start, raced keenly in rear, ridden, headway entering final 2f, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 4l behind Murrin (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Smokin Joe 25-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, mid-divsion, ridden 2f out, no danger, 9th of 14, 8l behind Dawson Creek (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Gazboolou 7-1 (9-11) Close up, ridden 2f out, chased leader when hampered entering final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Murrin (9-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Dawson Creek (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) In touch, headway 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug beating H Harrison (8-12) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Bronte's Hope 7-2fav (8-9) Squeezed out start, effort 4f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Comrade Cotton (8-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Jan '07.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 4-1 (8-9) Steadied start, held up behind, not clear run 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, nk behind Reballo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Speyside (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Rotative (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn aut stk (6) pol.
Grey Boy (GER) 6-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, ridden to soon chase leaders, led over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 3l behind Finsbury (8-0) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Green Diamond 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Mahadee (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp (5) fbs.
Bauhaus Bourbon (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 17l behind Liberally (9-8) at Bath 1m fll hcp (5) gs in Aug.
St Petersburg 22-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Nesno (9-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Shadowtime 17-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 10, 13l behind Reel Buddy Star (9-2) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp (4) gd in Aug.