Fourth in 2011, ETON RIFLES came up trumps in last year's renewal and there's no reason he can't win it again. He's had just the one start this year when beaten a short-head over 5f at Ascot and should be sharper for that. Jack Dexter has leading claims after pushing Slade Power close in a Group 2 last time but carries a penalty for his earlier win at Newcastle. Hoof It has something to find with the latter, but Ayr Gold Cup winner Highland Colori arrives in fine form and can go close. Morache Music just got the better of Spinatrix over track and trip last month while Mass Rally beat Hallelujah at York but ran below par in soft ground last time. German raider Gracia Directa has won in this country before but stablemate and recent winner Amelie Beat is harder to assess.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 8th of 9, 9l behind Fiesolana (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.
Jack Dexter 5-1 (9-0) Raced on on near side rail, chased leaders, stayed on to 2nd approaching final furlong, kept on as winner edged left inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Ballesteros 14-1 (9-8) Raced stand side towards rear, ridden halfway, never nearer, 8th of 19, 4l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division centre, driven 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, always held, 5th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Steps (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 5-1fav (8-12) Prominent centre, effort to lead overall inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, headed narrowly near finish, 2nd of 15, shd behind Steps (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Free Zone 20-1 (9-7) Raced centre tracked leader, led this group and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 17th of 19, 9l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Highland Colori (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Raced centre made all, shaken up over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, readily, won at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct beating Sovereign Debt (8-11) by 3l, 5 ran.
Hoof It 20-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, well held when lost 2nd approaching final furlong, one pace and dropped to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Jimmy Styles 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 19, 2 1/2l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Mass Rally (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up and behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, never reached leaders and run flattened out final furlong, 6th of 14, 7l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Morache Music 25-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct beating Spinatrix (9-5) by nk, 21 ran.
Hallelujah 7-1 (9-6) Mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 19, 1 3/4l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Amelie Beat (GER) (8-5) won at Baden-Baden(GER) 6f hcp gd in Oct beating Wafiyah (8-9) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Azenzar 9-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, pressed winner entering final furlong, one pace towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Oh So Spicy (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Caledonia Lady 14-1 (8-7) Behind centre, outpaced 2f out, stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 15, 5l behind Steps (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
City Girl (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 10l behind Artistic Jewel (9-4) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug.
Gracia Directa (GER) 13-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 7l behind Mince (8-13) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Oct.
Malilla (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 5l behind Ladyship (9-7) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Spinatrix 14-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 21, nk behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.