FLYING PICKETS won at Redcar back in June and was a close-up fourth over C&D last week. He gets the nod on that basis, while Thorpe Bay has placed form that suggests he could figure if staying the longer trip. Aussie Guest was still beaten over four lengths when third at Nottingham last time but Double Cee may be capable of better on his handicap debut. Methaen was well beaten at Kempton in his first start in a handicap but is surely better than that, while connections will be hoping we haven't seen the best of Blackburn or Topcoat yet.
Blackburn 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Indian Tinker (9-3) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Topcoat (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Keen led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Indepub (9-0) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Curtain Patch (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division on outer, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 18l behind Come On Blue Chip (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Flying Pickets (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Prominent, hampered and lost place over 6f out, headway on inside over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 11, 2l behind Latte (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.
Hearts And Minds (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway when not much room over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 7l behind Come On Blue Chip (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Methaen (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leader until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Anginola (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Double Cee 16-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 10l behind Strictly Silver (9-0) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Sep.
Thorpe Bay 11-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Berlusca (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Aussie Guest (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Fifteentwo (9-6) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
New Romantic 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and not much room after start, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, went modest 5th approaching final furlong, 5th of 13, 8l behind Fifteentwo (9-6) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Songbird Blues 11-1 (8-12) Towards rear, outpaced when hampered over 2f out, no impression when not much room inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Berlusca (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
She's Flawless (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon edged right and beaten, hung right inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 13l behind Self Centred (9-0) at Chester 7f 2yo stks (4) gs in Sep.