AVEROO has shown improved form of late with a decent second at Newcastle followed by a comfortable success at Redcar last month and the four-year-old can defy the 4lb rise for that success, getting the vote ahead of Dualagi and Titus Gent. John Ryan's gelding has run better of late but has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper as a result and may now be a shade high in the weights. Briannsta has been beaten in sellers in his last four starts and faces no easy task back in a handicap, while Short Cut has been thereabouts of late but remains a maiden after 10 starts and he may be better over seven furlongs. Welsh Opera is hard to recommend after recent outings and of more interest may be Dualagi. Martin Bosley's mare has been running to a consistent level of form of late and she should be involved at the business end of the race but preference is for the in-form Averoo, who can win again.
Titus Gent 5-1fav (9-7) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, staying on same pace when not much room inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 2 1/2l behind Just Sam (9-3) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Averoo 3-1fav (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug beating Elkhorn (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Dualagi 5-1 (9-1) Pulled hard in mid-division, driven to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Lucy Brown (9-9) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Welsh Opera 15-2fav (8-13) Raced stand side, switched right soon after start, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, carried left inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Lithaam (8-10) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.
Briannsta (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 9l behind Sir Ike (9-10) at Folkestone 7f sell stks (6) gf in Aug.
Rhapsilian 6-1 (8-6) Mid-division, lost pace over 2f out, soon well beaten, last of 9, 11l behind Choisharp (9-2) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Time For Old Time 13-2 (8-7) Started very slowly, always behind, last of 8, 10l behind Mamlakati (8-7) at Chepstow 5f 3yo sll (6) gd in Aug.
Short Cut 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Artesium (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Taboor (IRE) 7-1 (8-6) Always outpaced towards rear, no chance final 2f and soon eased, 9th of 10, 16l behind Rough Rock (8-9) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Avoncreek 66-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 8l behind Realt Na Mara (10-10) at Carlisle 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Memphis Marie 20-1 (8-11) Raced centre, tracked leader, ridden and every chance 3f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind King's Icon (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Always The Sun 25-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 12, well behind Straboe (8-2) at Yarmouth 6f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.