David O'Meara and Silvestre De Sousa won this a year ago and have teamed up to such good effect this season. The jockey was on board for the first time when Powerful Presence gained his fourth win of the year at Haydock three weeks ago. A 5lb rise makes things more difficult but another big run is anticipated. Dandy Nicholls has four entries and son Adrian is on board George Benjamin, who was nowhere near his best at Catterick last time but had earlier run a fine race behind Mujaadel there and won over the trip at Thirsk in April. PELMANISM finished runner-up to Orpsie Boy at Catterick when he finished strongly off a slow pace. He's been raised another 2lb for that but is running so well that he can defy the burden and gain his sixth win of the year. Legal Legacy has a very good chance on his recent victory over Beckermet at Doncaster but would prefer quicker ground.
Karaka Jack 11-2 (9-1) Prominent, ridden to lead and edged left over 1f out, soon headed, driven and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Grissom (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Bond City (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 20l behind Kensei (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
George Benjamin 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 13, 32l behind Orpsie Boy (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Christmas Carnival 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders early, mid-division on outside, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 15l behind Moheebb (9-12) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Kerrys Requiem (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Submission (9-5) at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Tukitinyasok (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden 4f out, soon lost place, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 26l behind Charlie Cool (9-2) at York 1m 1f clm stks (4) gd.
Ishiadancer 100-1 (9-5) With leader, pushed along 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 12, 13l behind Sioux Rising (9-8) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jun.
Shadowtime 13-8fav (9-11) Pulled hard close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 8l behind Toto Skyllachy (10-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Last Sovereign 9-2 (9-6) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Lightning Cloud (9-3) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 5-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, switched left over 2f out, led soon after travelling well, ran on, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Dysios (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 18-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Dazeen (9-5) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Silver Wind 20-1 (8-9) Chaseed leader until inside final 2f, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 10th of 15, 8l behind Kanaf (9-11) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Pelmanism 9-1 (9-4) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outer from over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Orpsie Boy (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Iceblast 10-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left and weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 11l behind Firebeam (8-13) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Ghost (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 5th of 12, 5l behind Not My Choice (9-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Legal Legacy 4-1fav (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Beckermet (8-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Elusive Sue (USA) 11-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Tevez (9-7) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rasselas (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) In rear, never on terms, 6th of 8, 9l behind Daring Dream (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Powerful Pierre 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven and ran on, strongly pressed to line, just held on, all out, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Cornus (9-9) by shd, 9 ran.
Hereford Boy 15-2 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, not clear run from over 2f out until over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 5l behind Rough Rock (9-11) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.