Ahaazeeg has improved slightly with his first two runs, but winners on the dam's side of the pedigree have come over shorter trips although the sire adds some stamina. Hecton Lad showed little promise on debut to be worth backing on this occasion whilst Santa Margherita was much closer last time and will be looking to build on that improvement. KRISTALETTE is related to plenty of middle-distance winners and is heading the right way with each run so we side with Walter Swinburn's option here, especially as the trainer has a 21% strike-rate here this year. Astral Flower will be a big danger as she handles the Polytrack and has a hat-trick of near misses recently and is from a highly respected yard. Polebrook and Corres are both starting to get the hang of this trip but are too inconsistent to recommend.
Ahaazeeg 16-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, hard driven just after halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, hung left, weakened closing stages, 4th of 8, 7l behind Marywell (8-12) at Warwick 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.
Corres (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Went right start, tracked leaders, tracked leader 5f out, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Calatrava Cape (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Hecton Lad (USA) 50-1 (8-12) In rear, lost touch 4f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 30l behind Doon Kalal (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Polebrook 33-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 16l behind Meetings Man (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Astral Flower 6-4fav (8-12) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Baralaka (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Kristalette (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Led until, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased winner after, well held when slightly hampered and switched left inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Cheetah (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Santa Margherita 7-1 (8-12) Led, hung left over 2f out, continued to hang left and narrowly headed over 1f out, stayed pressing leader until close home, went 2nd last strides, 2nd of 9, nk behind Roberto Pegasus (9-11) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Aug.