Waahej is due to go up 10lb for last week's runaway victory at Wolverhampton so should be thereabouts once again under 6lb penalty, but MEGALALA gets the nod. He made the most of a lower mark back on the all-weather to score easily over a shorter trip here last time, but won at Epsom over today's distance in August and can follow up. Shades Of Grey was all out to prevail at Newbury last month and is 4lb higher today, while Bennelong has done all his winning over shorter and, along with Rosco Flyer, has plenty to find with selection on latest running.
Waahej 5-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway well over 2f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Viva Diva (9-2) by 7l, 11 ran.
Sand Skier 22-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, soon led, headed after 2f, tracked leaders, no room on inner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 8l behind Record Breaker (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Addikt (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 22l behind Gritstone (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Green Earth (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Raced wide always in rear, last of 11, 8l behind Seneschal (8-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Megalala (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Made virtually all, kept on gamely final 2f, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Colinca's Lad (8-12) by 3l, 11 ran.
Shades Of Grey 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear 100 yards out, idled towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) gf in Oct beating Sircozy (9-11) by nk, 10 ran.
Archie Rice (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 19l behind Alshazah (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Bennelong 16-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, carried very wide on home turn, headway and hung right under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Megalala (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Rosco Flyer (IRE) 9-4fav (9-9) Slowly away, towards rear, headway on outside and hung badly left on home turn, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 4th of 11, 7l behind Megalala (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Our Play (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, outpaced by leaders from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 7l behind Winning Spark (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Viva Diva 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Waahej (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Beat Route 7-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader, challenged and chance 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened to 3rd final 75 yards, yards, dropped to 4th post, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Ninfea (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Sumani (FR) 8-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed entering final 3f, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 32l behind Mazagee (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Montegonian (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, plugged on, one pace, 4th of 10, 17l behind Marsh Warbler (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.