Universal Truth rates highly whilst confidence in the blinkered Red Cadeaux has increased through the week and he must go close following a sound run over course and distance where he had several of today's rivals behind. Admiral Barry has made dramatic progress this season and is high on the short-list although, historically, a single figure draw has been hard to overcome which could also be a problem for Bergo and, with that in mind, the vote goes to SENTRY DUTY whose trainer has landed this prize twice in recent seasons. It's been three years since he won on the level but he goes well fresh, has progressed well over hurdles and the race should be run to suit. National Hunt trainers have a fine record and Gala Evening could outrun his odds, confidence has been high in My Arch since his win in August, Dayia can go well again, La Vecchia Scuola could figure whilst Palomar could be one to show up well at a big price.
Bergo (GER) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, stayed on under pressure final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, shd behind Drunken Sailor (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Aug.
Ajaan 5-4 (9-3) Held up in rear in 4th, went 2nd over 6f out, led over 2f out, ridden and raced standside from over 1f out, pressed 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, held on well, won at Pontefract 2m 2f cond Stakes (3) sft beating Darley Sun (9-3) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Sentry Duty (FR) 11-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on inside 3f out, kept on under pressure final 2f, stayed on to 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Martyr (9-8) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Majestic Concorde (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure and chance inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 17, 1l behind Mamlook (8-12) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (2) gd in May.
Gala Evening 25-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, reminders over 7f out, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Chiberta King (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Swingkeel (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up in 4th, outpaced over 4f out, plugged on final 2f, went modest 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Free Agent (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 6f cond Stakes (2) gf in Sep.
Precision Break (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Sep beating Jedi (9-7) by 1l, 16 ran.
Red Cadeaux 11-4fav (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Theola (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
La Vecchia Scuola (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Graceful Descent (8-10) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Admiral Barry (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inner, 7th entering straight, 4th and ridden 1 1/2f out, led under 1f out, ran on strongly, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m 6f am hcp in Sep beating Shamiran (10-1) by 4 1/2l, 24 ran.
Deauville Flyer 11-4fav (9-7) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression, 7th of 14, 10l behind Hawk Mountain (8-7) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Plymouth Rock (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, never dangerous, 12th of 16, 13l behind Precision Break (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Sep.
Rangefinder 6-1 (9-9) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, switched outside and effort to chase leaders well over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 7th of 9, 6l behind Herculean (8-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Dayia (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 42l behind Samuel (9-1) at Doncaster 2m 2f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
My Arch 5-1 (9-9) In touch, tracked leaders 8f out, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, driven to lead near finish, won at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug beating Omokoroa (9-2) by nk, 11 ran.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 9-4fav (9-12) Held up in 5th, effort when not clear run and pushed right inside final 3f, soon beaten, last of 8, 19l behind Colloquial (10-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Lang Shining (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Held up in touch on inside, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leader entering final 2f, soon challenging, ridden to narrow lead inside final furlong, kept on gamely and always just holding on, won at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep beating Dance The Star (9-11) by shd, 11 ran.
Cotillion 5-2 (9-2) Tracked winner, joined winner 4f out, ridden 2f out, drew clear with winner but looked held over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Activate (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcap (2) sft in Sep.
Dazinski 18-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and switched left well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Rugell (9-9) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Ocean's Minstrel 20-1 (8-9) Held up well in rear, not clear run from over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, still 10th 1f out, ran on, not reached leaders, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Theola (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leading pair on inside, went 2nd well over 1f out, driven and stayed on from over 1f out, never quite able to get to winner, lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Ermyn Lodge (8-12) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Cosmic Sun 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 37l behind Graceful Descent (8-10) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Universal Truth (IRE) 6-5fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3f out, soon ridden, no impression and dropped to 3rd under 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Gay Sloane (11-7) at Downpatrick 1m 4f am stks gd in Aug '09.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 8-1 (8-7) In touch, headway 4f out, ridden to challenge when edged right towards stands side rail over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, kept on, won at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Wicked Daze (8-9) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Kayf Aramis 11-1 (8-7) Close up, pushed along 6f out, ridden and every chance over2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 13l behind Theola (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Dazzling Light (UAE) 7-2fav (9-4) Held up behind, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 6l behind Cosmic Sun (9-11) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Arab League (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Royal Trooper (9-5) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Made virtually all, grabbed stands side rail home straight, ridden over 1f out, held on gamely, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep beating Arab League (9-4) by nk, 10 ran.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, hard driven over 4f out, switched to race stands side over 3f out, soon led that group, overall leader over 2f out, held on gamely, won at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Sphinx (9-4) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Palomar (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 13th of 14, 22l behind Antigua Sunrise (9-0) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Simonside 11-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Theola (8-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Noddies Way 20-1 (9-0) Driven leaving stalls to soon lead, headed after 3f, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, well behind King's Realm (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.