This will be the lowest grade that CASPAR NETCHER has performed at since he landed the Gimcrack in 2011. He hasn't won since landing a Group 2 in Germany last May but his overall form, including at the highest level, gives him the edge. The three-year-old Top Notch Tonto faces a stiff task conceding him 3lb but he continues to thrive and produced his best run to date when landing a Group 3 on ground with some give at Haydock. Firebeam finished runner-up in this last year and his chances would be helped by more rain while Dutch Rose is a tough handicapper though she's been beaten when stepped up to this level in the past. Taayel won a conditions race over 6f at Doncaster before a poor run at Newmarket which didn't look his true form.
Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway 3f out, led 2f out, 2 lengths clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep beating Hay Dude (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Caspar Netscher 10-1 (9-4) Held up, good headway to track leaders 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Viztoria (8-11) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 14-1 (9-5) Slowest away, keen hold early, towards rear, 10th and kept on without threatening from 1f out, 10th of 13, 2l behind Russian Soul (9-5) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Firebeam 12-1 (9-2) Overall leader centre, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Tawhid (8-13) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Taayel (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 11l behind Tropics (9-0) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug.
You Da One 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Ocean Tempest (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Dutch Rose (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Pacific Heights (9-5) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Galician 12-1 (9-6) With leader centre, ridden when groups merged over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Royal Rascal 50-1 (8-9) Dwelt always in rear, 14th of 17, 24l behind Society Rock (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.