This is possibly the trickiest race of the night to call, as you could make a case for most of the large field, but we'll side with EFISTORM ahead of Present Alchemy and Solemn. Conor Dore's gelding, his only runner on the card, has only gone up a pound for a more comfortable win than the half-length distance would suggest at Windsor in April. If he can repeat that performance, which was his seasonal debut, he could reward backers. The draw may work against Present Alchemy, having his first run since winning at Beverley in August. He likes to be up with the pace, if not setting it, and interesting wears a first time tongue strap. Solemn was an easy winner last time out at Yarmouth, and again doesn't have a great draw. Of more concern though may be the fact he's shot up 12 pounds in the weights since that victory last month. Others coming into the race in good form with a recent win to their name are top-weight Osiris Way, Noodles Blue Boy and Step It Up, who gains weight from all his rivals, is drawn in stall one and has won over course and distance. With a field of 17, there could be some each-way value to be had for four places, but to come out on top, our vote goes to Efistorm.
Osiris Way 7-2 (9-2) Chased leader, led over 1f out, hard ridden, kept on strongly, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May beating Even Bolder (8-5) by 1l, 7 ran.
Solemn 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, switched left 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Wreningham (8-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Equuleus Pictor 50-1 (8-5) Mid-division on outer, ridden 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, 10l behind Lenny Bee (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Invincible Lad (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, soon switched left, beaten when hung left final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind High Standing (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks (1) gd in May.
Tagula Night (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 11l behind Medicean Man (8-12) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Macdillon 16-1 (7-13) Bumped start, led main group until 4f out, stayed well there until weakened 2f out, 12th of 13, 12l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-1) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Piscean (USA) 22-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, pressing leaders over 1f out, ridden and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Secret Witness (8-9) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Efistorm 12-1 (9-2) Close up, challenged 2f out, led well over 1f out, ran on well and in command towards finish, won at Windsor 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr beating Rocker (8-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Avertor 14-1 (8-6) Dwelt, took keen hold in rear, never a factor, last of 9, 5l behind Street Power (8-11) at Kempton 6f 4yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Noodles Blue Boy 12-1 (8-8) Raced center, tracked leaders, led that group 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, unable to quicken near finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Damika (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Present Alchemy 8-13fav (9-3) Made virtually all, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug beating Rainy Night (9-3) by 9l, 9 ran.
Doric Lady 40-1 (8-1) Intouch, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 15th of 23, 11l behind Hawkeyethenoo (8-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May.
Master Lightfoot 4-1fav (9-2) In touch, headway 2f out, soon chased leader, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Captain Carey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, some headway on inside final 1f, never in contention, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Bertoliver (9-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Taurus Twins 9-2fav (9-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Ziggy Lee (8-13) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Palisades Park 11-4 (9-7) Broke well, soon held up in rear, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, switched back right and headway when hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 5th of 6, 6l behind Duchess Dora (8-13) at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Step It Up (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division, switched wide over 1f out, kept on towards finish, never nearer, 7th of 11, 3l behind Lucky Dan (8-12) at Chester 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.