ALGAR LAD is not out of this despite carrying top weight. He can be forgiven a poor run in soft ground in the Bronze Cup at Ayr as he'd scored over today's trip at the same track before that and Jim Goldie's sprinter gets the vote. There's little between Opt Out and Tom Sawyer on their running over track and trip in August though the former has been beaten since and the lightly-raced Million Faces may well be capable of better on only her third start of the year. Gottcher and Someone's Darling look to have done their winning for the season on the evidence of their recent poor form.
Algar Lad 20-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear stand side, never dangerous, finished 10th in stand side group, 19th of 27, 12l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Jinky 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
The Nifty Fox 25-1 (9-5) Always behind, 14th of 16, 14l behind Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Rothesay Chancer 40-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division stand side, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of stand side group, 7th of 24, 1 3/4l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Gottcher 28-1 (8-9) Chased leaders far side, weakened over 1f out, 12th of far side group, last of 24, 19l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Someone's Darling 14-1 (8-9) Bumped and stumbled soon after start, towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 16l behind Just Paul (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Million Faces 8-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch in rear, pushed along halfway, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 4l behind Royal Bajan (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Tom Sawyer 3-1fav (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Opt Out (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Economic Crisis (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 3l behind Barkston Ash (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Your Gifted (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Perfect Pasture (10-1) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Opt Out 4-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dark Opal (9-2) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Layla's Oasis 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division stands side, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 15th of 20, 9l behind Boris Grigoriev (9-4) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Master Rooney (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, headed over 1f out, weakened quickly, 11th of 12, 6l behind Thatcherite (9-3) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.