This race is all about Leverage and he may well win and win well but he'll be short enough and we'd prefer to take a chance with either EARLSMEDIC or Barons Spy. Leverage will be many people's idea of the winner given his eyecatching form figures and trainer/jockey combination and it would be no surprise were he to have more in the locker. He came home strongly to win his maiden but the form has worked out abominably and his initial mark looks too high as a result. Barons Spy is just 2lbs higher than when winning over course and distance in June and he merits close consideration in this company but we've decided to chance Earlsmedic. He's another dropping in the weights and he's just 1lb higher than when making every yard at Yarmouth in May. He's not been the easiest to catch right but the yard continues to go well and this test could suit him. Orpsie Boy has regularly faced stiff tasks but has come a long way down the weights and is too well handicapped to ignore whilst Bel Cantor and Fesko come here on the back of decent efforts but we'll take a chance with Earlsmedic.
Barons Spy (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Held up tracking leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Dark Mischief (8-11) at Haydock 6f stks 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Mid-division, driven halfway, soon outpaced, stayed on final furlong, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Rasaman (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Earlsmedic 16-1 (9-0) Held up, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 7l behind Rasaman (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Dancing Maite 16-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 20, 13l behind Silver Wind (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Fesko 11-4fav (8-7) Chased winner, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Vitoria (9-1) at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Leverage (IRE) 4-7fav (9-3) Chased leaders, challenged going well 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, and kept on well, won at Newbury 6f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Major Lawrence (9-3) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Bel Cantor 8-1 (8-9) Led, driven over 2f out, challenged approaching final furlong headed near finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Rasaman (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Methaaly (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 14, 9l behind Rasaman (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Memphis Man 11-1 (8-9) Held up, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 6l behind Rasaman (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.