The handicapper has taken no chances with the rapidly improving Short Squeeze. The latter has been raised 12lb for last month's victory at York and MONT RAS is just preferred. David O'Meara's charge also scored at York on his latest start but this looks less competitive and he's already won twice over track and trip this year. Sandagiyr and Navajo Chief have something to find with the selection on York running but Brae Hill is usually thereabouts at this level. Balty Boys is upped in class after going close at Chester and Centurius is also taking on better company today.
Sandagiyr (FR) 9-1 (9-10) Raced stand side tracked leader, ridden to lead stand side group 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 12l behind Ascription (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gs.
Mont Ras (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug beating Windhoek (8-13) by 1l, 16 ran.
Navajo Chief 20-1 (9-3) In touch in rear, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 17l behind Tales Of Grimm (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) sft.
Mister Music 25-1 (9-0) In rear, never a factor, 8th of 9, 35l behind Grandeur (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Brae Hill (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Switched left and led soon after start, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, well held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Levitate (8-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) gs.
Balty Boys (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, slightly brushed by winner close home, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Ocean Tempest (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Short Squeeze (IRE) 5-1 (8-3) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, switched right and good headway near side over 2f out, led over 1f out, quickened clear final furlong, easily, won at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug beating Equity Risk (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Centurius 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Ennistown (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Postscript (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance 1f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, gradually weakened final 75 yards, 9th of 17, 5l behind Brownsea Brink (8-6) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Anton Chigurh 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, never troubled leaders, 10th of 14, 11l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-0) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.