There doesn't look to be a lot between these at the weights and a market check is advised. Tropical Beat makes his seasonal reappearance while O Ma Lad has had a break since completing a double at Catterick and Hamilton in the spring. Hawdyerwheesht is also chasing a hat-trick but has struggled in this grade in the past and Jim Goldie also runs course winner Jonny Delta. Party Line was third at Catterick on Tuesday while Incendo has been hurdling since filling the same spot at Haydock in May and arguably has the beating of Between Us on collateral form, though the latter has been keeping good company recently. NOBLE ALAN was beaten less than five lengths in the Northumberland Plate and was just beaten in a decent handicap over 1m4f at Ascot earlier. He is the one to beat here on those efforts.
Tropical Beat 5-1 (9-4) Held up behind, driven and headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind Sir Graham Wade (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) fm in Sep.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 3rd over 3f out, led over 2f out, driven out, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May beating The Tiger (9-7) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Noble Alan (GER) 20-1 (8-11) Held up in touch on inside, headway over 2f out, soon chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on until no extra final 100 yards, 7th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Between Us 9-1 (9-2) Led, clear over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 12l behind Waila (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Party Line 15-8fav (10-0) In touch in 5th until slightly lost place 8f out, rallied on outside 2f out, went 3rd final furlong, stayed on but no impression on winner, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Platinum (9-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Incendo 5-1 (9-0) In touch towards rear, headway approaching final furlong, ridden and chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Swinging Sultan (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Jonny Delta 9-1 (8-9) Held up behind, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 14, 5l behind Eagle Rock (8-2) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Hawdyerwheesht 5-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead last 25 yards, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Interior Minister (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.