Back To Paris has found a bit of form this year, winning on the Flat in July and beating Bazart by three lengths over C&D earlier this month. He was readily brushed aside off this mark at Towcester eight days ago however. Border Tale is an infrequent winner nowadays but King's Chorister should strip fitter for his recent third at Kelso, though is high enough in the weights at present. Endeavor was hampered and unseated his rider in a conditionals' event at Carlisle when chasing a hat-trick and won here last month, but EBONY DIAMOND may be worth another chance dropped in grade. Exaggerated waiting tactics didn't pay off at Huntingdon last time and he soon lost interest in proceedings. He's a lot better than that and a lot less exposed than most of these.
Ebony Diamond (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 4th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, weakened well before 2 out, last of 8, 37l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Border Tale 8-1 (10-4) Led, headed before 2nd, ridden to challenge 2 out, every chance last, one pace, 4th of 12, 13l behind Weetfromthechaff (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Arderin (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon led and clear, reduced lead from 4th, headed and no extra from 4 out, 5th of 12, 37l behind Burma Rock (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Lukeys Luck 66-1 (10-12) Midfield, behind from halfway, 8th of 12, well behind World Heritage (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Tallulah Mai 10-1 (10-6) Prominent, every chance 3 out, hampered 2 out, one pace flat, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Broughtons Point (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Aug.
King's Chorister 8-1 (9-7) In touch, mistake 4th, chased leaders before 2 out, every chance last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Weetfromthechaff (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Back To Paris (IRE) 11-4fav (10-6) Pressed leader, mistake 3rd, soon led, mistake 3 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Giant O Murchu (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) fm.
Middlemarch (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on approaching last, no impression, 5th of 16, 17l behind Can't Remember (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Jul '10.
Nevsky Bridge 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, well behind Pete (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Starbird 100-1 (10-11) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd, mistake 6th, modest 5th before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Manger Hanagment (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Endeavor 9-2 (10-8) Mid-division, hampered and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Pete (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 11 ran.
Brunton Blue 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered after 3rd, not fluent 6th, headway approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Endeavor (9-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Drummers Drumming (USA) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 13, 15l behind Ton-Chee (10-10) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gf in Jul.
Bazart 5-2fav (9-11) Held up in 5th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, chased winner next, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Back To Paris (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Cloonavery (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place when mistake 4th, behind from 7th, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Dunowen Point (11-6) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug.