Cape Alex has shown his best form on the all-weather so far, as has Italian Riviera, but three of their rivals are previous course and distance winners. As long as the ground doesn't get any softer, EMBSAY CRAG makes more appeal than Riptide and Petella as he won by 10 lengths here last month and was taking on better opposition over a shorter trip at Carlisle next time. Kodicil beat Petella and Mister Carter at Ripon last time but has been raised 5lb while Madam Lilibet is 4lb higher than when scoring at Newcastle and seems to need a soft surface. Tobacco's run at Nottingham last time was too bad to be true and the three-year-old has claims on an earlier victory over 1m7f at Warwick.
Riptide 25-1 (9-4) Close up, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 20l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Embsay Crag 11-4 (8-10) Awkwardly away and slowly into stride, held up in last pair in touch, ridden and outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 6, 10l behind Linguine (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Italian Riviera 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakend over 1f out, 10th of 13, 17l behind Spiritoftomintoul (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Kodicil (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Made all, ridden 3 lengths clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug beating Petella (9-4) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Russian George (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Behind, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 16l behind Medieval Bishop (8-4) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Zaplamation (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Keen raced wide in touch, headway to track winner halfway until 5f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 7, 43l behind Tartan Jura (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Ministerofinterior 7-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, lost place over 6f out, 10th of 13, 28l behind Come Here Yew (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Mister Carter (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Led, headed over 4f out, soon lost place, last of 7, well behind Nashville (9-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Cape Alex 7-4fav (9-6) Slowly away headway to track leader after 2f, joined leader halfway, ridden 3f out, led approaching 2f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Cornish Beau (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Dr Finley (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Mid-division, reminders 7f out, weakened 3f out, 12th of 14, well behind Embsay Crag (9-4) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Wee Giant (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Petella 7-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Kodicil (10-0) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Authentication 14-1 (9-12) Led, headed 3f out, ridden and rallied to lead again inside final furlong, soon headed and no extra, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Madam Lilibet (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Mr Crystal (FR) 14-1 (9-4) Towards rear, soon pushed along, late headway on outer 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 14, 22l behind Embsay Crag (9-4) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Led, joined 8f out, headed over 5f out, soon ridden, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, 21l behind Decana (9-5) at Southwell 1m 6f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) fbs in Apr.
Tobacco 6-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, well beaten 7f out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Pearl Spice (9-7) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.