ODDSMAKER is the pick in this moderate staying race with Park's Prodigy and Classic Contours offered up as alternatives. Maurice Barnes' charge is a quirky old sort who is pretty unreliable. Those two are reasons not to be backing him but he is more than capable if in the mood and if he is granted a soft lead, he may be able to pinch the race. Park's Prodigy has ran two very solid races over 1m4f. He seems capable of showing his form under pretty much any surface. Classic Contours has been seen out over hurdles of late but he is useful enough in his grade on the flat and the handicapper finally seems to be relenting. Los Nadis looks to have lost his way over hurdles so the market is watched to see if this run is more than just a sweetener. Kyber regularly plies his trade over two miles and he has now fallen to what is effectively a plater's mark. A number of questionable characters in opposition and it could be that Oddsmaker fancies it to be a going day.
Classic Contours (USA) 15-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind Red Wine (8-10) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Oddsmaker (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out,soon weakened, 11th of 15, 13l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Los Nadis (GER) 9-1 (9-3) In touch, driven and outpaced over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 13, 5l behind Summer Soul (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Park's Prodigy 4-1 (8-7) Chased clear leader, ridden and slightly outpaced over 3f out, rallied to have every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 4l behind That'll Do Nicely (8-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Smarties Party 7-1 (8-11) Chased leading pair until weakened 3f out, 5th of 7, 36l behind Dan Buoy (8-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Kyber 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Dramatic Solo (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 6f app hcp (6) gd in Aug.
Silent Lucidity (IRE) 18-1 (8-9) In touch, hard ridden in 5th 2f out, soon ridden to dispute well held 3rd, weakened quickly over 1f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Altos Reales (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Petella 14-1 (8-3) Behind, tailed off 4f out, 9th of 13, 21l behind Benozzo Gozzoli (8-0) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.