Old West End Lad has won three times over course and distance. Siouxperhero is another who likes it here and Knight Owl was placed over 7f at the track in July before scoring at Nottingham. Ethel is better than she showed at Windsor last time while Aqua Ardens and Gioia Di Vita have place claims again. Soaring Spirits won at Windsor in July and may have found 1m2f too far last time but RAINBOW BEAUTY's victory at Sandown looks the best recent form on offer and, considering that was her first run since November, she may well be open to improvement. Gerard Butler's filly gets the nod with Thursday's Pontefract third Eurystheus possibly best of the rest.
President Lincoln (USA) 50-1 (9-7) Keen in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 19, 10l behind Cosmic Halo (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Red Shuttle 5-1 (9-11) Held up 6 lengths of leading trio, ridden 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 6, 7l behind Hunting Rights (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Eurystheus (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven to chase leader inside final 2f, soon ridden, lost place 1f out, no impression in 3rd when rider dropped whip inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Fazza (8-10) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, moderate late progress, never involved, 12th of 15, 7l behind Graphic (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol.
West End Lad 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced on inside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 3l behind Satanic Beat (9-10) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Embankment 25-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 11th of 13, 15l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Boom To Bust (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Raced towards far side in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Saint Jerome (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 16-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, ran on closing stages, ran on well, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Party Royal (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Ethel 11-4 (9-2) Led, headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Starlight Symphony (8-11) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Rainbow Beauty 16-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven clear, won at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug beating Starlight Symphony (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Soaring Spirits (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Miss Marjurie (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Knight Owl 7-2fav (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating Master Of Song (8-4) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Siouxperhero (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind First Post (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Gioia Di Vita 10-3 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Lyric Piece (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.