Competitive stuff and ARABIAN SPIRIT is narrowly preferred to Cave Lion and Stalking Shadow. Ed Dunlop's charge may have had a few names called after a string of second placings but those have obtained through consistency rather than any lack of will to win. He finished ahead of Summerstrand when the pair last met and was guilty on that occasion of only finding one horse ahead of him that had been let in lightly by the handicapper. Cave Lion struggled under a penalty here last month. His rider can claim a couple of extra pounds here but more is needed to take this contest. Stalking Shadow has gone up 10lb for a success at Salisbury. He does not appear to be the easiest of rides so Tony Culhane appears an ideal booking. Soft Shoe Shuffle drops back in trip having campaigned over further of late. Timetable is quirky and is very much in need of the headgear he wears. Hold The Gold was entitled to need the run on his most recent start but today will be the acid test as to whether he's trained on. Ellemujie is best of the rest. Arabian Spirit is selected in a race where many hold obvious formbook claims.
Stalking Shadow (USA) 15-8fav (9-2) Steadied start, took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and always holding on, won at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp (4) gs in Aug beating Acrostic (9-6) by a nk, 5 ran.
Soft Shoe Shuffle (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Midships (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Sept.
Ellemujie 7-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened and edged left over 1f out, 6th of 10, 9l behind Irish Mayhem (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sept.
Cave Lion (USA) 11-10fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Grand Vizier (9-2) at Kempton 1m app hcp (4) pol in Sept.
Arabian Spirit 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Multakka (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sept.
Regal Best (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 11l behind Red Rumour (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp (3) sft in Sept.
Hold The Gold (IRE) 17-2 (8-10) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 10l behind Summon Up Theblood (9-0) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Timetable 18-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, soon chased winner, hung right and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Opus Maximus (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m hcap (4) gd in Sept.
Totally Focussed (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Steadied start, always behind, tailed off, last of 16, 44l behind Mawatheeq (9-4) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (4) gd in Sept.
Summerstrand (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Rider lost iron leaving stalls, headway halfway, ridden 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Multakka (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sept.
Border Owl (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) In rear, headway over 2f out, not reach leaders, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Craigstown (9-6) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Pha Mai Blue 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders until lost action and pulled up in race won by Superduper (8-13) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Jul, 13 ran.
Palmerin 5-1fav (9-6) In touch, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon hung right, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Gallego (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcap (4) gd in Sept.