A competitive contest to conclude the card and ALAZAN can provide the answer. Frankie Dettori is a very interesting booking for trainer Philip Hobbs on this gelding who was last seen winning a Bangor handicap hurdle in August. Clearly in good heart, he went close over this trip and from this mark at Leopardstown last year and looks worth chancing on ground that suits. Status Symbol is respected first time in a handicap after his Wolverhampton win, while topweight Laudatory is proving hard to win with and has again suffered at the hands of the assessor for a good placed effort. First-time blinkers may rekindle Aestival, while old-timer Wiggy Smith, along with Sagredo and Negotiation would all be entitled to pick up some money if they could produce their best on the day. A tricky race where Alazan is suggested. (Jonathan Doidge)
Laudatory 4-1fav (9-11) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, not clear run briefly over 2f out, driven and rider dropped reins over 1f out, soon barged throught to chase winner, driven and stayed on towards finish, always just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Sequillo (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Bee Sting 20-1 (8-6) Soon pushed along, always in rear, no chance final 2f, soon eased, tailed off, last of 12, 50l behind Cheshire Prince (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May '09.
Wiggy Smith 20-1 (9-8) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Resurge (9-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Aestival 9-4fav (9-10) Tracked leader, led 3f out, driven and hung badly left from 2f out, strongly pressed over 1f out, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Hawaana (9-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 6-1 (9-10) Steadied start, pulled hard, held up last, travelling well from 2f out, switched left to outside well over 1f out, ridden to chase leading pair entering final furlong, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Sequillo (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Status Symbol (IRE) 7-4fav (9-9) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, held on on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Norman Orpen (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Sagredo (USA) 7-2 (9-11) Held up in touch, headway well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 5, ns behind Wiggy Smith (10-0) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Alazan (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Shalambar (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gd in Aug '09.
Penchesco (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in 7th, pushed along on inside over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ridden and no progress after, 9th of 13, 10l behind Flying Destination (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Etruscan (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 8l behind Some Sunny Day (8-11) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Agapanthus (GER) 13-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, well beaten 2f out, last of 7, 26l behind Librettista (9-12) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Negotiation (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Soon crossed over to chase leading pair, chased winner inside final 2f, one pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1l behind First In The Queue (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Charlie Smirke (USA) 9-2fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 5l behind Megalala (9-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun.
Whistleinthewind (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Close up when badly hampered on inside rail after 1f and dropped to rear, behind after, tailed off final 2f, last of 9, 40l behind Lyric Poet (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Tiger Star 2-1fav (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Librettista (9-12) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.