HAAJES showed signs of a return to form at Haydock last time out and is taken to come good again. The selection has won off higher marks than this in the past when with John Balding and goes well on soft ground. This is his optimum trip and with a 1lb drop to help a little we will give him the nod. Last year's winner Russian Spirit is 3lbs higher today, acts with cut and comes here in decent form so has to be feared. Conditions and trip are no concern for Mango Music, who is 8lb higher than when scoring at Ayr last month and would be no shock winner. Luscivious has slipped to an attractive mark once again and relishes some cut in the ground, so Jeremy Glover's charge has to be considered very interesting.
Strike Up The Band 14-1 (8-13) With leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on and every chance until one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 4l behind Cheveton (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Discanti (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 5l behind Hitchens (9-5) at York 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Walvis Bay (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 16, 8l behind Cheveton (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Haajes 10-1 (8-7) Behind, outpaced halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Cheveton (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Russian Spirit 7-1 (9-1) Chased leader every chance over 1f out, dropped to 3rd approacing final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Doric Lady (8-9) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Silaah 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders far side group and pulled hard, led far side group over 1f out, soon hung right, kept on inside final furlong, always held by stands side group inside final furlong, 4th of 17, 4l behind Hazelrigg (9-3) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Niran (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders under pressure over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 9, 25l behind Navajo Chief (9-3) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Magical Macey (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders far side group, ridden over 1f out, soon edged right, weakened inside final furlong, 15th of 17, 13l behind Hazelrigg (9-3) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Oldjoesaid 16-1 (9-4) Behind far side, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 21st of 27, 12l behind Cheveton (9-1) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Mey Blossom 12-1 (8-13) Behind, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 8, 4l behind Foxy Music (9-5) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Mon Brav 8-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Italian Tom (8-13) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Go Go Green (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, lost place 1f out, soon ridden, not quicken final furlong, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mey Blossom (9-1) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Ishetoo 28-1 (8-4) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 15, 16l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Nadeen (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 13, 11l behind Green Park (9-0) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Mango Music 7-2 (8-8) Towards rear stands side group, headway well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Hazelrigg (9-3) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Kylladdie 20-1 (8-0) Always in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, last of 9, 10l behind Confessional (8-6) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in May.
Luscivious 14-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 11l behind Captain Dunne (9-0) at Southwell 5f stks (3yo+) (2) fbs.
Floor Show 8-1 (9-10) Raced near stands side rail, in touch, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Legal Eagle (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 7l behind Green Park (9-0) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Equuleus Pictor 9-2 (8-11) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Magical Speedfit (8-0) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.