Easy Ticket is bound to be popular with backers following his win at Haydock earlier this month and David Brown's colt has not been out of the first two home in four outings so far but a 9lb rise for that latest win looks harsh and a better bet seems to be GOLD PEARL. Stuart Williams has his team in good heart at present and the son of Henny Hughes should appreciate being dropped into a nursery having been highly tried in the Gimcrack last time. The selection has the beating of Richard Hannon's Invincible Ridge on running at Windsor previously and a bigger threat may come from Mark Johnston's Satin Love, who has been highly tried in his last two starts in group races. The consistent Captain Dimitrios and lightly raced Regal Approval are others to consider but it is Gold Pearl that gets the nod.
Satin Love (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, took keen hold, ridden and lost place when hung right 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 15l behind Waiter's Dream (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Easy Ticket (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Overall leader and made all far side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well to go clear final furlong, won at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf beating Berberana (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Invincible Ridge (IRE) 8-13fav (9-3) Held up in touch, smooh headway towards far side over 2f out, tracked leader on bit over 1f out, pushed along to lead inside final furlong, not extended, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug beating Valerius Maximus (8-10) by 1l, 11 ran.
Gold Pearl (USA) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 11, 15l behind Approve (9-1) at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Major Conquest (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders far side, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 13, 15l behind Easy Ticket (9-2) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) In touch, pushed along halfway, soon lost place, 16th of 18, 25l behind Wootton Bassett (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Aug.
Twist Of Silver (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, pushed along on rail halfway, headway when not clear run on rail and switched left over 1f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Jameela Girl (8-11) at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Regal Approval 5-1fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Puddle Duck (8-8) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Velvet Underground (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Narrow lead on rail, headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Byronic (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Silence Is Bliss (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Hampered start, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 5, 15l behind Sonoran Sands (9-2) at Lingfield 7f 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Aug.
Fifth Ave 66-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden 1f out, never dangerous, 14th of 18, 8l behind Eucharist (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd.
Roche Des Vents 40-1 (8-6) Outpaced and always towards rear, 17th of 25, 15l behind Temple Meads (8-6) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gd in Jul.
Cocohatchee 100-1 (8-3) Prominent, not much room over 2f out, and again approaching 2f out, soon lost place, 18th of 21, 14l behind Wootton Bassett (8-9) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Captain Dimitrios 7-2 (9-0) Made most, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well until headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Veil Of Night (8-1) at Ffos Las 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Veil Of Night 7-1 (8-11) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 6l behind Indian Ballad (9-6) at Bath 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Reginald Claude 50-1 (8-5) Raced towards stands side rail, always towards rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, last of 13, 14l behind Whisper Louise (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs.