Windsor winner Free Verse finished a close-up third on her handicap debut at Goodwood and has the best form, although today's longer trip and soft ground are an unknown. Feelthedifference got off the mark on a fast surface at Beverley last month and she too can figure if handling the underfoot conditions. However, a chance is taken on ANNIE WALKER. She has a bit to find on the book after winning a seller over C&D in August, but she went close when second on her handicap bow back at this track with Alabanda behind and should improve again. The latter is one of three Tim Easterby runners and See Clearly makes most appeal of those, but Act Your Shoe Size and Royal Majestic could prove bigger threats.
Free Verse 5-2fav (9-7) Pushed left start, prominent, ridden 2f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Gung Ho Jack (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Act Your Shoe Size 6-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind First Phase (8-5) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) hvy.
Nearly A Gift (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, 15th of 20, 11l behind Red Quartet (8-3) at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Ladykin (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Held up in touch, lost place over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 11l behind Lady Layla (9-0) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
See Clearly 25-1 (8-11) Broke well, led early, soon mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Mince (8-6) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Sinai (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind First Phase (8-5) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) hvy.
Aquasulis (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, outpaced, always in rear, last of 10, 26l behind Ballesteros (9-7) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Feelthedifference 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Beverley 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Ghalaa (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Royal Majestic 9-2 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and led close home, won at Pontefract 1m 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating Scarlet Whispers (8-10) by shd, 9 ran.
Alabanda (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, under pressure when hampered over 1f out, no danger after, 7th of 11, 6l behind Indepub (9-1) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Annie Walker (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, hung left under pressure entering final furlong, headed close home, no extra, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Indepub (9-1) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Trioomph 28-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 7l behind Van Der Art (8-11) at Newcastle 6f 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep.
Always Ends Well (IRE) 4-1fav (8-9) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 11l behind Sheila's Buddy (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.