The step up to middle-distances this year has been the making of LORDOFTHEHOUSE. He beat Man Of God here before following up in soft ground at Newcastle over 1m4f last time and today's longer trip looks well within his compass. Kleitomachos has also improved over 1m4f recently and went close at Salisbury last time, although he may not confirm running with the less-exposed Encore Une Annee, who was less than a length behind. A Boy Named Suzi has done his winning on Polytrack and Wayward Glance struggles in handicaps, so the lightly-raced My Heart's On Fire could prove a bigger threat after winning her maiden at Kempton last month.
A Boy Named Suzi 8-1 (8-1) Steadied start in rear, ridden and headway on outer 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Bowdler's Magic (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (2) gd.
Wayward Glance 20-1 (7-13) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased leaders until weakened final furlong, 5th of 19, 9l behind Parlour Games (8-8) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Encore Une Annee 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, left in lead over 6f out, headed over 2f out, rallied to lead again over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Gottany O's (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
My Heart's On Fire (IRE) 2-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug beating Sally Friday (8-9) by ns, 8 ran.
Man of God (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 3f out, chasing leaders when hung badly left from over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 10l behind Slight Advantage (8-13) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Kleitomachos (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on well, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Gottany O's (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Lordofthehouse (IRE) 1-2fav (9-2) Started slowly, led after 2f, made rest, driven clear over 2f out, unchallenged, won at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug beating Damascus Symphony (8-10) by 6l, 4 ran.
Dark Dune (IRE) 5-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind French Hollow (9-5) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.