Seeking Magic returned to form with a victory at Leicester three weeks ago but this is tougher while Khawatim is up another 5lb for his recent win at Kempton and also faces a stiffer task. Poole Harbour finished a length ahead of Doctor Parkes when third in this grade at Newmarket last time and Signor Sassi has a shout on last season's fourth at Ascot, though the latter had earlier been beaten by Modern Tutor at Lingfield and Irish raider Burn The Boats is another lightly-raced sort to keep an eye on. Khubala is inconsistent nowadays though he beat PRODIGALITY at Ffos Las in August. However, Ron Harris' sprinter ran really well behind Mass Rally on his return to action at York on Wednesday and may have the edge today as he makes a quick reappearance.
Prodigality 7-1 (9-4) Dwelt mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Mass Rally (9-3) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Joe Packet 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 2l behind Mince (8-11) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Hallelujah 5-1 (8-13) Held on, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 5l behind Swiss Dream (9-2) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Amadeus Wolfe Tone (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 14th of 15, 16l behind Hamza (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Khubala (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, never reached leaders and weakened final furlong, 16th of 26, 11l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf.
Edge Closer 20-1 (8-8) Chased leader stand side group, weakened entering final furlong, 15th of 20, 7l behind Doc Hay (8-11) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Seeking Magic 7-2fav (9-6) Pulled hard early, tracked leaders, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr beating Crew Cut (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Khawatim 11-8fav (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, readily, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Mar beating Yeeoow (9-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Esprit de Midas 40-1 (8-13) Raced centre held up, never afactor, 13th of 21, 12l behind Idler (8-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Poole Harbour (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, carried left inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hamza (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Top Cop 7-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 4th of 9, 2l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Riot of Colour 15-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 25l behind Dutch Rose (9-1) at York 7f fll hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Burn The Boats (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Towards rear early, mid-division in 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Doctor Parkes 50-1 (8-5) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 5l behind Hamza (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Graphic (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 6l behind Belgian Bill (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Oct.
Modern Tutor 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon edged right, kept on well, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Signor Sassi (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Harrison George (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Stumbled start, chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Great Expectations (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Signor Sassi 17-2 (8-3) Tracked leaders stand side, hung right and merged with far side, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Gabriel's Lad (8-10) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Oct.