David Nicholls is not normally far away in these big handicaps and SOMETHING can further enhance his strike-rate, with Intense and Kyllachy Star also on the shortlist. The selection was only narrowly beaten at Ascot last month when he finished third behind Advanced. He has not won on the turf for over four years but he is well handicapped as a consequence and he has a good draw today. Intense is an unexposed filly and she put some of her obvious problems behind her when scoring over a mile here last month. She has to be of interest today, but the drop in trip is perhaps not ideal. Kyllachy Star has his optimum trip and ground today and when those factors have been in his favour he has generally been knocking on the door. Richard Hannon won this race last year and Instalment represents his hope this time around. He has plenty of ability but he has been a little disappointing of late and he is probably better over 6f. Something will not be for everyone, but he gets our vote today.
Instalment 7-1 (8-5) Made most 3f, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Doncaster Rover (8-5) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gf in Jul.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, not clear run from 2f out until entering final furlong, never any chance, 20th of 28, 7l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Wildcat Wizard (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on outside inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never reached challenging position, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Akhenaten (8-10) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Something (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Pulled hard in rear, hampered and not clear run over 2f out, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 28, 1 1/4l behind Advanced (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Spanish Bounty 40-1 (9-1) Led centre group, not on terms with stands side leader, closed 2f out, weakened quickly final furlong, last of 11, 11l behind Brave Prospector (9-3) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 18-1 (9-6) Raced keenly, held up, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 16, 12l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Pravda Street 8-1 (10-10) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 19l behind Castles In The Air (9-12) at Ascot 7f ladies hcp 71-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Intense 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep beating Credit Swap (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Thebes 33-1 (9-5) Led far side group, headed by that group over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 25, 6l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-12) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Intense (9-0) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 17-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 12, 4l behind Desert Dreamer (8-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Kyllachy Star 16-1 (9-0) Held up, effort over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Harrison George (9-4) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Fishforcompliments 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 18th of 20, 8l behind Silver Wind (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Zowington 11-1 (9-4) Started very slowly, held up well in rear, never in race, 10th of 11, 6l behind Mujood (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Pearly Wey 8-1 (8-7) Dwelt, behind, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Oceana Blue 10-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Pyrrha (8-7) at Newmarket 7f fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Aldermoor (USA) 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 14th of 17, 14l behind Able Master (9-5) at York 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.