KHESKIANTO was only beaten a length when fourth in an amateurs' race over C&D in August and gets the token vote on that basis. Politbureau's win at Newcastle came over 1m4f so Praxios makes more appeal after a recent third over a mile at Musselburgh, though Stilettoesinthemud also has a shout on his earlier third over 7f. Blue Top has a better draw than last month's Yarmouth winner Siberian Belle, well beaten on her latest start at Chepstow, and Whatsofunny could prove best of the remainder.
American Lover (FR) 20-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 12l behind Warden Bond (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Byron Bear (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 11th of 15, 9l behind Mahadee (10-0) at Thirsk 1m sell hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Icing Sugar 100-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 30l behind Basilica (8-6) at Warwick 6f sell stks (6) gd in Aug.
Kheskianto (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3/4l behind Meglio Ancora (10-1) at Beverley 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Lucky For Some 100-1 (9-4) Chased leaders to over 3f out, soon behind, 7th of 10, 34l behind Calico Cat (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Politbureau 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 28l behind Aliante (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Praxios 10-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, switched left and headway over 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Dubai Celebration (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 6f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Veloso (10-4) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Aug.
Stilettoesinthemud (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Cross The Boss (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Valentine's Gift 16-1 (9-6) Close up in 2nd, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Future Wonder (8-5) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Aug.
Bada Bing 25-1 (8-6) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Blue Top 11-1 (8-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Daddy Warbucks (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Louis Hull 50-1 (8-9) Mid-division, lost place 3f out, 9th of 12, 8l behind First Class (8-13) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Misty Eyes 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, under pressure over 1f out, soon lost place, 6th of 11, 12l behind Epoque (8-12) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Siberian Belle (IRE) 3-1fav (8-1) Mid-division, ridden and hung left over 3f out, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 15l behind Menadati (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Tomasini 50-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in rear, ridden over 4f out, hampered over 3f out, soon well beaten, last of 12, 26l behind Tony Hollis (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Whatsofunny (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up in touch on inside, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 18l behind Talent Scout (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.