Plenty in with a chance although Yarmouth winner Hamble's high draw is not ideal to take up a prominent position. Way Too Hot ran out a cosy winner at Kempton last time and she'll be thereabouts, but Croquembouche will need to improve on his recent maiden win at Beverley to figure. Pride And Joy will also have to take another step forward after landing a handicap at Wolverhampton and preference goes to SHERE KHAN. He improved for being gelded with an easy win at Kempton on his handicap debut and this longer trip looks sure to bring further progress. Stablemate Gold Sceptre, Norse Gold and Royal Academician are others to consider.
Hamble 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, edged right and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Jul beating Ocean Tempest (8-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Way Too Hot 2-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon clear, well in command when hung violently left and flashed tail inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol beating Na Zdorovie (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Shere Khan 16-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, switched outside and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, led final 110 yards, ran on, won at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Democretes (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Norse Gold 15-8 (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden final furlong, kept on, held by winner, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Mabroor (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Jun.
Pride And Joy (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon headway on outer, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Lucky Money (9-1) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Croquembouche (IRE) 4-11fav (9-3) Made all, took keen hold, shaken up over 1f out, soon ridden, held on well towards finish, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Ghalaa (8-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Behind and soon outpaced, ridden and headway to chase winner when hung left 2f out, effort over 1f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Mister Musicmaster (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Royal Academician (USA) Evensfav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led and hung left over 1f out, headed just inside final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Counterglow (8-10) at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra when not much room inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Shere Khan (8-10) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Gold Sceptre (FR) 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, shaken up and no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 8l behind Balty Boys (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Drummoyne (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Went left and bumped start, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 12, 6l behind Moustache (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Fire Ship 7-1 (9-0) Went right start, soon in touch and wide, headway on outside over 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd and going on close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Bu Naaji (9-5) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf.