Tim Easterby has won this twice in the past few years but Nearly A Gift has been handed the highest draw which could rule her out. Cravat was carrying a big weight when just touched off at Catterick and looks best of the Mark Johnston pair as Es Que Love has been poorly treated in the draw. Mister Musicmaster has done well since encountering soft ground but an 8lb rise for his Haydock victory could prove his undoing and it's difficult to know what to make of Lunar Deity, who landed a Ffos Las maiden in a canter when totally unfancied. Satanic Beat is the only C&D winner and can go well but this can go to SANAD, a disappointment on his debut at Doncaster but an impressive maiden winner at Nottingham and starting his handicap career from what could prove to be a very lenient mark. Campanology is already useful and with the best of the draw looks sure to prove a threat while West Leake Hare was caught on the line over 7f at Goodwood and is another with chances.
Es Que Love (IRE) 5-1fav (9-0) Prominent, chased winner travelling well over 2f out, strong challenge over 1f out, every chance until no extra and hung left well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Bayleyf (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Campanology 11-8fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed when hung right and carried right inside final furlong, stayed upsides until weakened final 110 yards, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Ektihaam (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Mister Musicmaster 12-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating The Blue Banana (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Nearly A Gift (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) With leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Roger Sez (9-6) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Cravat 8-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, shd behind See Clearly (8-11) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Lunar Deity 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Continuity (8-12) by 5l, 8 ran.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Jul beating Tip Top Gorgeous (8-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
Sanad (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, ran on, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Berlusca (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
West Leake Hare (IRE) 4-1fav (8-2) Led, narrowly headed 4f out, pressed leader, led again over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, headed last stride, 2nd of 15, shd behind Goldoni (8-5) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Indepub 12-1 (8-7) Dwelt, always behind, 9th of 12, 8l behind Bayleyf (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Bomber Jet 10-3 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Mister Musicmaster (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Sunrise Dance 13-2 (9-0) Pulled hard, chased leader until driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Rakasa (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo fll mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Midas Medusa (FR) 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, under pressure when hampered approaching final furlong, weakened, 12th of 13, 12l behind Desert Gazelle (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (4) gf in Jul.
On The Hoof 11-1 (9-3) Tracked leader far side group, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Blue Shoes (8-4) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs.
Our Boy Jack (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Raced keenly tracking leaders, hung left from halfway, led entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Redcar 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Fayr Fall (9-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Dicky Mint 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 7th of 11, 7l behind Last Bid (9-6) at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Balti's Sister (IRE) 11-2 (8-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind See Clearly (8-11) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.