We open with an intriguing conditions race where recent good form is in short supply so although Anmar can go well for a yard enjoying a purple patch and Philatelist should go close on these terms on his preferred surface we're going to side with the best in at the weights - PACHATTACK. Gerard Butler's filly has been given some tough assignments this season but went really close to landing a listed event over this trip at Newmarket on her latest start. That form has been well advertised by one she beat that day and given she should act on the surface, she looks to have terms in her favour. Anmar makes a belated seasonal bow and was outclassed in Group company the last time we saw Godolphin's runner. Prior to that, he did go close in a listed race so he does look a danger. Philatelist is back on his preferred surface after some poor efforts on turf and has the ability to win a race like this while Emma Lavelle's Rajamand must have shown something at home to be thrown in at this level on his just his third start. A good quality race to start with then and Pachattack can take advantage of some good looking terms.
Russian Sage (SAF) 28-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along from over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Steele Tango (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Bravely Fought (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 4th before straight, lost place and weakened from over 1f out, 11th of 15, 6l behind Alaiyma (8-12) at Cork 1m Listed stks gd in Oct.
Philatelist (USA) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, took closer order 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, soon behind, last of 11, 38l behind Becausewecan (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Strategic Mover (USA) 9-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Rioliina (8-2) at Leicester 7f clm stks (5) gf in Oct.
Anmar (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort approaching 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Kite Wood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 2yo stks G3 (1) gs in Oct '08.
Rajamand (FR) (9-2) 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Lifting Cloud (9-2) at Maisons-laffitte(FR) 1m 5f 3yo stk in Oct.
Farley Star 10-1 (9-6) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Crystal Moments (8-9) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Hallingdal (UAE) 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out weakened 2f out, 9th of 14, 8l behind Poyle Meg (8-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Pachattack (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, driven to join winner and every chance well inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Enticement (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gd in Oct.