It's no surprise that Richard Hughes has chosen the consistent AUTHORITARIAN ahead of the first-time-blinkered Golden Jubilee. Richard Hannon's filly has yet to win a bad race over the C&D, winning in August, and is probably still on a decent mark against modest opposition. Lovage could run her close, however, as she's been thereabouts in all three starts this year while Belle Park won over 1m2f here in August before finishing second over this trip at Chepstow, though is still creeping up the weights. Corrib has also gone well here in the past but Valley Queen never seems to run two races alike.
Lovage 9-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway towards far side over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, no real impression, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Alshazah (8-12) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Temuco (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Held up, some headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened soon after, 8th of 14, 25l behind Croeso Mawr (9-1) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Authoritarian 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, not much room when outpaced inside final 2f, rallied inside final furlong, went 3rd final strides, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Uncle Dermot (9-2) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Valley Queen 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, lost place over 5f out, soon mid-division, weakened 3f out, last of 13, 22l behind Joyful Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Bussa 25-1 (8-12) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon no extra in 3rd, dropped to 4th in closing dtages, 4th of 8, 6l behind Cufflink (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f clm stks (5) sft.
Princess Maya 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2l behind Dana's Present (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Darsan (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Slowly away headway to chase leader after 1f until ridden 8f out, soon in rear, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Layla's Boy (8-9) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Golden Jubilee (USA) 28-1 (7-12) Raced centre tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Odin (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gd in Sep.
Belle Park 4-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, edged left closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Menadati (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Crown Dependency (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 10l behind Twenty One Choice (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Mr Udagawa 15-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, riddena nd headed over 1f out, lost 2nd 1f out, edged left and weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 9, 18l behind High Five Prince (8-6) at Brighton 1m 2f Apprentice Selling Handicap (0-65) (3yo+) (6) fm in Sep.
Corrib (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, effort on inside to 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Iguacu (8-6) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Vergrigio (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 11, 42l behind Bondi Mist (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
Inffiraaj (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 13l behind First Glance (8-5) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep.
Oceana Dreamer (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along and some headway on inside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 13, 13l behind Authoritarian (9-5) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.