It would be no surprise to see either Rex Romanorum or Muftarres bounce back to form here, while the latter's stablemate Hoppy's Flyer wasn't winning out of turn at Catterick eight days ago and should be thereabouts despite a high draw. JUST THE TONIC is gradually rediscovering his best form and can take advantage of a lenient mark here. He was 3lb higher than when successful at Thirsk in the spring. Steel Stockholder is a consistent type and this trip suits him nowadays but he's probably just a couple of pounds too high at present.
Chookie Avon 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division far side, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 12l behind Patriotic (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd.
Steel Stockholder 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 4l behind Broctune Papa Gio (9-7) at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Polar Annie 20-1 (8-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 12, 8l behind Amenable (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Fairlie Dinkum 66-1 (9-10) Pressed leader, led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened and edged right over 1f out, last of 8, 23l behind Oddysey (8-13) at Haydock 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Muftarres (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear far side group, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 8th of 16, 10l behind Patriotic (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gd.
Rex Romanorum (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Mid-division, weakend over 1f out, 14th of 17, 18l behind Talent Scout (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Hoppy's Flyer (FR) 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Whats For Pudding (8-2) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Fistful of Dollars (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Bumped start, soon recovered to chase leaders, went 2nd 5f out until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Kickingthelilly (9-3) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Mcmonagle (USA) 40-1 (9-5) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Talent Scout (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Just The Tonic 10-1 (8-7) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind I Confess (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Mujaadel (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, reminder halfway, headway and hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Broctune Papa Gio (9-7) at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Led on stands side rail, edged left under pressure 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, no extra final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.