Most of these enter the fray in very good form including Belle Royale, who beat the useful Below Zero at Chester. The run of Kingscroft that day should be ignored as he banged his head in the stalls and was soon struggling. Midsummer Fair was well beaten on his handicap debut at Haydock where he didn't enjoy the soft ground while Polar Kite and Tullius fought out the finish at Pontefract and are handicapped to dead-heat. SKILFUL was having his first start since November when a very easy maiden winner at Lingfield in May and this progressive son of Selkirk can make a winning handicap debut. Anoint can do much better than he showed at Newmarket while Federation looked a very nice prospect when making all in a maiden over the C&D in July and is one to keep an eye on.
Belle Royale (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chester 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug beating Below Zero (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Triple Eight (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division in centre, 9th halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, last of 17, 23l behind Moran Gra (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Kingscroft (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Dwelt badly, always well behind, tailed off, last of 15, 42l behind Belle Royale (8-10) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Midsummer Fair (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Maraheb (9-5) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Polar Kite (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Close up, switched right 2f out, headway soon after, pressed leader inside final furlong, ridden and edged left soon straightened, led final strides, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Tullius (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Skilful 8-13fav (9-1) Raced very wide early until switched left to rail 5f out, made all, shaken up over 1f out, ran on, eased towards finish, comfortable, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in May beating Ajeeb (8-10) by 3l, 12 ran.
Tullius (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, effort and switched right over 1f out, soon every chance, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind Polar Kite (9-6) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Metropolitain Miss (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Took keen hold and prominent, soon steadied, ridden over 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 7, 15l behind Beatrice Aurore (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in May.
Askaud (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Held up, never on terms, 12th of 15, 12l behind Dare To Dance (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Anoint 15-8fav (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 11, 18l behind Capaill Liath (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Federation 6-4fav (8-12) Made all, clear 3f out, ridden and ran on, unchallenged, won at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Jul beating Paramour (9-11) by 4l, 11 ran.
Good Boy Jackson 11-1 (9-1) Chased leader, led halfway, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 50l behind Kinyras (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 8-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 8, 6l behind Firebeam (8-13) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Izzy The Ozzy (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Held up mid-division and keen, headway to chase leaders over 4f out on inner, led over 2f out, ridden 1f out, headed and edged left inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Tameen (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Ingleby Exceed (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Led early, tracked winner 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Maraheb (9-5) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Piceno (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, 9th of 13, 16l behind Polish World (9-8) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.