KNOW MORE OATS was very green on debut at Exeter in April but kept on nicely in the closing stages. He'll shown the benefit of that this winter and, as his yard does very well with its bumper horses here, he gets the vote today ahead of July's Perth winner Henllan Harri and winning pointer Tara Road, not beaten far at Sandown on his first run under Rules. Ebony Empress and The Snappy Poet are open to improvement but Morebutwhen disappointed at Fontwell on her second start and Grey Earl will need to settle better than he did at Towcester.
Henllan Harri (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Held up in touch, took closer order over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jul beating Definite Row (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Grey Earl 12-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 14l behind So Oscar (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Know More Oats (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, one pace from over 2f out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Southfield Vic (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
St Dominick (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Kilcrea Breeze.
Tara Road 15-8 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, driven 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Hello George (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Nov.
The Snappy Poet 8-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, shaken up and stayed on same pace, never near leaders, 4th of 7, 6l behind Bjornlucky (10-7) at Wincanton 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gd in Nov.
Ebony Empress (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, plugged on final 2f, went 3rd nearing finish, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Pleasant Company (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs in Nov.
Morebutwhen 4-1 (10-8) With leader, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Harry's Farewell (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Pattara 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and some headway 5f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 17, 34l behind Kayfleur (10-9) at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.