TIMES VITAL may possibly provide a little in the way of value in a hugely competitive event in which Torphichen and King O' The Gypsies may have more than their share of the market. The selection has been raised by 6lbs for his half length win in a competitive Class 4 contest at Newbury. This does represent a step up in class but there was a lot to like about his performance in Berkshire and he should be able to hold his own here. King O' The Gypsies was a talking horse earlier in the season, connections have been patient and may well be proved right. It would be no surprise were his supporters to pile in again, particularly now that Dettori takes the ride. Moonquake has to put a poor run behind him whilst Kossack and Goodwood Starlight will also need to fare better than they did in defeat at Yarmouth and Folkestone which is by no means beyond the realms of possibility. Secret Dancer has talent but is from a yard that's struggling and Kingdom Of Fife and Electrolyser are feared more as a result. Few trainers are in better form than Michael Jarvis and we should hear more about Torphichen in the fullness of time. He's likely to be short enough though and did have quite a hard race at Ayr so we'll desert him and side with Times Vital.
Moonquake (USA) 6-1jt-fav (8-3) In touch, lost place over 3f out, 13th of 14, well behind Magicalmysterytour (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcap (2) sft in Sept.
Goodwood Starlight (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, effort on inside 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on 1st 2, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Any Given Day (8-9) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp (3) sft in Sept.
Kossack 3-1fav (8-9) In touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Fiulin (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcap (2) gd in Sept.
King O'The Gypsies (IRE) 1-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, clear final furlong, easily, won at Bath 1m 4f mdn stk (5) gs in Aug beating French Riviera (9-3) by 8l, 10 ran.
Secret Dancer (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway to go in touch over 3f out, outpaced 2f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 9, 3l behind Wasan (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcap (2) sft in Sept.
Electrolyser (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Midships (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Sept.
Manyriverstocross (IRE) 13-8fav (8-7) Led until headed over 4f out, chased leader to over 2f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Tropical Strait (9-13) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Torphichen 5-4fav (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden and headway, every chance from over 2f out, kept on, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Tarkheena Prince (9-3) at Ayr 1m 5f hcap (3) hvy in Sept.
Le Brocquy 12-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, weakened from well over 2f out, last of 11, 46l behind Detonator (9-7) at Great Leighs 1m 6f 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sept.
Times Vital (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Settled towards rear, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, asserted final 50 yards, won at Newbury 1m 4f hcap (4) gd in Sept beating Howdigo (9-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Kingdom of Fife 11-4fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, driven and ran on well towards finish, 3rd of 11, nk behind Novikov (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcap (3) gd in Sept.
Mezzanisi (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Held up, chased leaders over 2f out, soon hung left, chased winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Merchant of Dubai (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp (4) fbs in Sept.