AGENTE ROMANO has a very good chance at these weights and gets the vote to have the edge over stablemate Blacktoft and also Rampant Ronnie. The selection has one of his better chances yet of gaining an elusive maiden success after making the frame in three hurdles so far. Top-rated on BHA figures, and in receipt of 7lbs from both the other short-listed pair, trip and ground suit and today should be his day. Evan Williams' other runner is Blacktoft, who got off the mark on soft ground at Worcester in July. This faster ground is also fine for the six-year-old, who just has a bit to prove after failing to complete when last seen. Rampant Ronnie was a course and distance scorer in May, also on fast ground, but has struggled to find any sort of rhythm either over jumps or on the level and he is best watched until showing us some signs of a return to form. This looks a little on the short side for Capall Eile, while Sagarish does not appear to have the same level of form as the leading players. Agente Romano is the one for us.
Blacktoft (USA) 11-1 (11-6) Led, headed, mistake 4 out, weakened quickly, tailed off when pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Corum (12-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Aug, 7 ran.
Rampant Ronnie (USA) 16-1 (10-5) Raced keenly, led to 2nd, remained prominent until weakened approaching 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Is It Me (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jul, 8 ran.
Agente Romano (USA) 13-8fav (10-13) Not fluent, mid-division, headway 4th, chased winner after 3 out, hit 2 out, held last, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Another Trump (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Capall Eile (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Led, headed before 3 out, dropped to remote 3rd next, no extra and pulled up before last, in a race won by King Ali (11-5) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Aug, 16 ran.
Castlefish (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Prominent over 2f, last of 13, 20l behind Abhainn (8-7) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs (flat).
Geoffdaw 9-1 (9-2) Steadied start, always behind, 6th of 8, 12l behind Carmenero (9-2) at Brighton 6f sell stks (6) gs in Aug (flat).
Leptis Magna 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, bumped and lost place after 3rd, 14th of 18, well behind Show Winner (10-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Mr Forthright 66-1 (8-8) Dwelt, always in rear, last of 8, 33l behind Whiskey Junction (9-9) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Aug (flat).
Rony Dony (IRE) 80-1 (8-4) Raced freely, led over 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened rapidly, eased, last of 11, 31l behind Ivory Lace (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Aug (flat).
Sagarich (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Soon led, headed before 2f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 14l behind King Of The Titans (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.