All six winners of this race have been returned at single figure prices so it may pay to concentrate on the market leaders once they are revealed. For now, our short-list comprises MARKINGTON, Perfect Shot and Dazinski. Judgethemoment would have claims if returning to his mid-summer form whilst Tom Queally is unbeaten aboard My Mate Max and Reg Hollinshead provided the winner of this race last year. John Dunlop has also hit the target a couple of times in this contest and it would be no surprise to see Perfect Shot bounce back from some tame performances and he did have Dulcie behind when winning at the July course. Dazinski has improved for the step up to staying trips and stayed on well to win at Nottingham from a 5lb lower mark and could have more in the locker. Brian Meehan has dispensed with the blinkers as Aaim To Prosper has his second start for the yard whilst the booking of Dettori suggests that connections are hopeful of a big run. Spirit Of Adjisa arrives in form but has his stamina to prove unlike Markington who was staying on strongly over a further quarter of a mile than this at Pontefract. He can hardly be described as well handicapped but he has held his form well on the level this year and has formed a good partnership with today's jockey who may be able to partner Markington to another success.
Judgethemoment (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, lost place over 4f out, 11th of 32, 22l behind Darley Sun (8-6) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Bulwark (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Held up, never dangerous, 21st of 32, 49l behind Darley Sun (8-6) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Dazzling Light (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Soon tracking leaders, led over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon one pace, 7th of 32, 12l behind Darley Sun (8-6) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Lethal Glaze (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon no impression, 10th of 19, 11l behind Opinion Poll (8-10) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Raced keenly in rear, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Akbabend (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 15-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway on outside over 3f out, led 2f out, ridden and edged left 1f out, hung left and kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Pevensey (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Inchnadamph 20-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Gordonsville (9-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Alnwick 8-1 (9-12) Led, headed 13f out, remainded handy, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Murcar (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Eseej (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven out final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Lucky Punt (8-10) by 2l, 9 ran.
Dazinski 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd inside final 4f, led 2f out, soon driven, remained hard pressed until asserted torwards finish, won at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating Ermyn Lodge (8-8) by 2l, 5 ran.
Dunaskin (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Prominent until dropped rear after 3f, headway on outside over 5f out, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Blue Nymph (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Hawridge King 25-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, no impression over 1f out, 4th of 14, 8l behind Overturn (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) In touch, travelling well from 3f out, ridden 2f out, found nil, 6th of 12, 11l behind Theola (8-8) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Markington 7-2 (9-8) Held up, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd towards finish, never troubled winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Ragamuffin Man (10-0) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
My Mate Max 9-2 (8-12) Led at steady pace, pushed along and quickened 3f out, narrowly headed over 2f out, rallied gamely to regain lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (4) gf in Sep beating Spanish Conquest (8-13) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Dulcie 7-1 (8-5) Held up, ridden and headway on outer from over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep beating Deauville Flyer (8-12) by 1l, 11 ran.