The soft ground will help a few of these battle-hardened handicappers and course winners Flying Applause and West End Lad could both make the frame if in the mood. Extraterrestrial shouldn't be ignored but Crown Counsel has struggled to get his head in front this year and Myboyalfie may be hard pressed to defy a new career-high mark. First Post has gone up 4lb for a narrow-margin win at Goodwood but can't be ruled out and Uncle Dermot has been placed at Brighton and Windsor since running away with a Salisbury handicap at the start of the month but A'JUBA is the only three-year-old in this and very much unexposed. Confidence will have been boosted by his win at Pontefract and blinkers are fitted here to help him concentrate - he can make a successful handicap debut.
Extraterrestrial 11-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, headway and pushed along over 3f out, ridden and hung left from 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Myboyalfie (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Snow Trooper (9-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Crown Counsel (IRE) 11-4fav (8-9) Chased leader, challenged 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, one pace and well held when dropped to 4th insid efinal furloe, 4th of 12, 5l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
First Post (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Estebsaal (9-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Flying Applause 50-1 (9-0) Held up behind, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 3l behind Stylistickhill (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
The Osteopath (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never any chance, 7th of 14, 15l behind It's A Mans World (8-9) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
A'juba 6-5fav (9-3) Soon tracked leaders, chased leader over 2f out, edged right and led approaching final furlong, driven and hung right under pressure inside final furlong, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs beating Bishop's Castle (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Moheebb (IRE) 11-2fav (9-13) Mid-division, chased leaders 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 14, 11l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
West End Lad 11-1 (8-11) In touch, led 3f out to over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, well behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, good headway centre 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on same pace and well held final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Authoritarian (8-11) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.