Divine Rule finished runner-up over track and trip last time ahead of fourth-placed Bold Ring. Royal Box ended a losing run with victory at Chepstow last month and is still fairly treated on his best form while Rapid Water was beaten only a nose over C&D on his latest start and should be in the mix. MARY FRITH is the least exposed in the field and with breeding suggesting today's longer trip will suit, Bill Knight's filly gets a speculative vote to open her account.
Silly Billy (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon every chance, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 13, 3l behind Pastoral Jet (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Ereka (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on, held close home, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Athwaab (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Rapid Water 8-1 (9-2) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, still plenty to do when switched left to outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, pressed winner to line, lost on the nod, 2nd of 14, ns behind Ermyntrude (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Bold Ring 11-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 14, 3l behind Wyndham Wave (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Squirrel Wood (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, headway 5f out, ridden over 3f out, faded over 1f out, 6th of 10, 19l behind Honest Deal (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Bahri Sheen (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Awkward leaving stalls, held up in last pair, eased when no chance final furlong, 10th of 11, 10l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Royal Box 8-1 (9-1) Prominent, every chance over 2f out, soon led, hung right over 1f out, ran on well, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep beating Loyal N Trusted (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Trusting (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Silver Lace (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, last of 11, 15l behind Royal Box (9-1) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Do More Business (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Held up in touch on outside, effort going well 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 10l behind Whitstable Native (9-3) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Jul.
Mary Frith 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders early, in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 4l behind Theresnoneedfordat (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Takitwo 11-2 (9-5) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along 3f out, ridden and beaten 2f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Eager To Bow (9-9) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Divine Rule (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Wyndham Wave (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Victorian Number (FR) 16-1 (9-1) Led early, pressed leader, led again over 3f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 14, 4l behind Ermyntrude (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.