It's difficult to fault the consistency of Absent Amy but she has a penalty to overcome in this. Self Employed is a serious contender as he looked on the way back at Doncaster and Serena Brotherton takes the ride while Thereabouts usually makes the frame, though was beaten in a claimer last time. OUTLAW TORN has been below par in his last two runs but earlier form, particular a win at Newcastle in July, suggests this should be within his capabilities and he gets the nod. Astrosapphire could also go close but it's difficult to make a case for any of the others.
Absent Amy (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Raced wide held up, headway on outer from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep beating Fraserburgh (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Batgirl 16-1 (9-5) Behind, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 10l behind Bold Duke (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Self Employed 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and no extra towards finish, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Dana's Present (11-0) at Doncaster 1m stks 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Thereabouts (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Bling King (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (5) gd in Sep.
Voice From Above (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Bling King (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (5) gd in Sep.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led and soon clear, ridden and joined 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 23l behind Bold Duke (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Having A Ball 16-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden 3f out, switched right and headway over 2f out, edged left and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Be My Rock (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f app hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Valentine's Gift 7-1 (9-10) Dwelt, behind, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Haymarket (10-9) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 125-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division centre, weakened 3f out, tailed off, last of 9, 32l behind Alakhan (9-0) at Redcar 1m sell stks (5) gd in Sep.
Vogarth 100-1 (7-13) Raced wide close up, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 24l behind Greensward (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Astrosapphire 33-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 7l behind Mcdelta (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.