Area Fifty One is a front runner who gained his second success of the season at Chester (10.3f) in June. Largely below best since (rather lost his way in the second half of last season, too) and tough task.
Belgian Bill landed the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, and produced a career-best effort when a short-neck second in a Group 3 at Deauville (1m) in August. Just respectable effort since but can bounce back.
Educate won his fourth handicap in 5 starts at Lingfield (1¼m) in May, and shaped well in competitive similar races on his next 3 starts. Career-high mark now after Celebration Mile fifth but respected still.
Field of Dream is a hold-up performer who landed the second valuable handicap success of his career in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket in July. Has shaped well in similar races on 2 of 3 runs since, but best at 7f.
Prince of Johanne is a standing dish in valuable handicaps, and landed this contest in 2011 (mid-field last year), the Hunt Cup in 2012 and a 1m race at Sandown (beat Es Que Love half a length) in July. Wouldn't overlook.
Strictly Silver is a consistent sort who benefited from reapplication of cheekpieces when winning a 1¼m handicap at Newmarket in August. Better than result when fourth at York (off this mark) last time.
Ascription stepped up again when a 5-length winner at Doncaster (1m, beat Gabrial The Great) earlier in the month. Few look better treated here and step up in trip will suit.
Bronze Angel enjoyed a fantastic 2012, taking this race from Mull of Killough. 6 lb higher mark not insurmountable if he's made natural progress in his absence.
Marcret won a Group 3 at Chester in May 2012 (British debut) but hasn't repeated that form since, needing to be dropped to claiming company on his penultimate start to get his head back in front.
Arsaadi is a front runner who has turned in plenty of useful performances, third in the Hunt Cup in June, but remains difficult to win with.
Robert The Painter's form has taken off this summer, completing a handicap hat-trick at Ripon in mid-August and placing in races there and at Ayr since. Often runs well in big fields and couldn't dismiss
Chapter Seven is a generally consistent sort who underlined that he's all the more effective with ease in the ground when runner-up to Haafaguinea in a 1¼m handicap at Newbury a week ago. Interesting if rain arrives.
King's Warrior hasn't gone on since winning the 2012 John Smith's Cup, never involved in latest renewal at York. Midfield in this last year.
Fury has made just the 2 starts in 2013, and failed by some way to justify support in the Hunt Cup on latest. Given a chance by the handicapper (8 lb lower than when tenth in this last year).
Danchai brought everything together when winning John Smith's Cup at York. Excuses since and truely-run race here will bring out best in him. Ran well over C&D on return and must be on the shortlist.
Nine Realms is a lightly-raced colt who made all in 1m Ascot handicap last month. Seemed to get bogged down in the mud at Haydock last time and may have more to offer on just seventh start.
Sam Sharp has proven to be better than ever in 2013 and landed his second York handicap of the campaign over 1¼m a month ago. Will be suited by a likely well-run race here but needs to improve again off revised mark.
Proud Chieftain produced some solid efforts in defeat this year but surprising if he's up to taking this.
Tha'ir was an easy winner of the Chesham at 2 yrs and not disgraced in Group company after. Beat the thriving Sennockian Star on the July Course 4 runs back and good second at Doncaster last time. Interesting.
Gabrial The Great was at least as good as ever when chasing home Ascription at Doncaster last time, having no problem with the drop 1m back on softer ground, but probably not well-treated enough to take race like this.
The Rectifier has proven to be resurgent for current yard, winning at Redcar and York. Good fourth over 1m here last week but surprising if others weren't better treated now.
Captain Bertie is a regular in these big-field handicaps and good third at Ripon last time. Needs the rain to come.
Queensberry Rules made a winning debut in April and followed up in a minor event at Sandown. Quickly returned to the form of his Britannia third back at 1m when sixth at York last time and considered.
King George River has done well for current connections, winning 2 polytrack handicaps at the start of the year, and returned to form back down at 1m last time (third to Short Squeeze at York). More needed.
Red Avenger produced fine seconds in big-field handicaps before respectable effort in York Group 3. Probably a touch too high in the weights to think he can land this valuable prize.
Dance And Dance is handicapped to win a big prize based on old form but needs plenty of luck in running (often slowly away and races in rear) and has stamina to prove
Forgive has raced primarily against her own sex, winning 1m handicap on the July Course last month. Bumped into Lanansaak at Ascot (pair clear) last time, but more needed again to land this.
Code of Honor won a handicap against his elders at Sandown in July and rose his game again when third at Goodwood last time, going down fighting. This could be right up his street (strong traveller who stays 1¼m).
Top Notch Tonto has been much improved for Brian Ellison, springing shock in Group 3 at Haydock last time. Looks well-in but may be unwise to take that form at face value, and it's also possible he needs softer ground.
Graphic is on a hat-trick after wins at Haydock and Kempton, finding plenty in fitted cheekpieces last time. This is plenty tougher but did run well only previous go over C&D last year.
Boonga Roogeta has gone completely off the boil since C&D success in May.
Seek Again made an impressive winning debut in 2012 and scored again in 7f handicap on the July Course on this season's return. Good efforts at Kempton last twice but will need to settle better over this trip.
Jack's Revenge has been a regular in big-field handicaps (eighth in this last year), and has run well when in the frame of late, too much to do when fourth to Magic City at Goodwood on latest. Red-hot apprentice booked.
Tres Coronas won at Chester in May and was an excellent third to Danchai in John Smith's Cup. Should give another good account at big odds.
Pacific Heights improved since joining present yard, winning 3 of his last 4 starts, holding on gamely at Carlisle (1m) latest. Folly to ignore.
1. Code of Honor
Timeform View: Ascription will rightly have his supporters after his demolition job at Doncaster, but it could pay to chance a couple at bigger prices, specifically Code of Honor and John Smith's Cup winner Danchai. The former can make it back-to-back victories for three-year-olds.
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