Plenty of recent winners to consider but it could pay to stick with the unbeaten HIKING. She landed the odds with the minimum of fuss at Lingfield and further progress is expected as she takes another step up in trip. Crowley's Law returned an easy winner over the stiff 7f at Beverley and is just preferred to Ninety Minutes and Spiritual Flame, both maiden winners over 7f at this track. Ryan Moore prefers the latter to Adore while Richard Hughes is reunited with Edge after the latter opened his account at Chester last time.
Xanthos 7-2 (8-12) Led and keen, ridden and headed well over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Greed Is Good (9-4) at Ripon 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Edge (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led final 100 yards, stayed on, won at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug beating Lincoln (9-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Hiking (USA) 10-11fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo juv stk (5) gf in Aug beating Snow Squall (9-5) by 1l, 6 ran.
Crowley's Law 10-11fav (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Beverley 7f 2yo stks (5) gd in Sep beating Adore (9-0) by 5l, 9 ran.
Ninety Minutes (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Always prominent, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep beating Desert Society (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Spiritual Flame 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, hung left inside final 100 yards, held on well, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep beating Oh Star (9-0) by nk, 13 ran.
Adore 5-2fav (9-0) Broke well, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 4th of 11, 8l behind Cambridge (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gd.
Heska (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Istimraar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.