It's not often that Ledbury trainer Ed De Giles ventures this far north so he must think the unexposed TWENTY ONE CHOICE has a good chance of adding to his first win in a Kempton handicap last month. The three-year-old gets the nod though Cara's Request could be interesting if rediscovering his best as he's dropped to a very fair mark. Berbice dead-heated for second over 1m here last time and is probably better over this shorter trip. He has the beating of Outlaw Torn, Let's Face Facts and Cannon Bolt on that run and is also preferred to the disappointing Eilean Mor and veteran Shunkawakhan.
Berbice (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway 2f out, stayed on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Tony Hollis (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Eilean Mor 66-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Frequency (9-11) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Cara's Request (AUS) 25-1 (9-9) Led, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 16l behind Master Of Dance (9-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Twenty One Choice (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Towards rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, led 1f out, held on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug beating Arabic (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Cannon Bolt (IRE) 10-3fav (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 11l behind Tony Hollis (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Always behind, 12th of 14, 14l behind Dandarrell (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Let's Face Facts 10-1 (9-1) Held up, driven along over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 12, 7l behind Tony Hollis (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Shunkawakhan (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Broke well and led, headed over 2f out, not much room inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Dubai Celebration (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Gumnd (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Led until over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 10, 15l behind Gadobout Dancer (8-4) at Beverley 1m 2f app hcp (6) gd.