All the leading players have something to prove but with the least to do on that score is DINNER DATE. A bit of a course and distance specialist the gelding won with plenty to spare in an apprentice race when taking to his favoured mission on his latest and with his jockey allowed to use all of her claim this time he's no worse off. Tuxedo likes it here and is still fairly treated after his score at this track last time but he's yet to win over this far while Born To Excel makes a raid from Ireland and is on form but is unproven on the surface. Zebrano is down to his last winning mark and has acted on the surface in the past so might be value for the places and another in that mould is the consistent Round Won.
Charlie Smirke (USA) 11-1 (9-4) Dwelt and always in last pair, struggling final 2f, last of 10, 8l behind Mustakmil (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Born To Excel 7-1 (9-11) Made all, ridden and kept on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 50-70 gf in Aug beating Denny Crane (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Dinner Date 6-1 (9-1) Close up tracking leaders on inside, headway on inside 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Harting Hill (8-10) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tuxedo 7-2fav (9-6) Mid-divsion, headway 3f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Piquante (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Zebrano 8-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, towards rear, effort when not much room 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 5l behind Green Destiny (8-8) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden and effort on outside well over 1f out, kept on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Ajara (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Dwelt mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Halsion Chancer (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Wise Dennis 50-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, well beaten final 2f, 17th of 18, 27l behind Bourne (9-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Round Won (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Norman Orpen (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Gallantry 20-1 (9-7) Awkward start, held up in rear, switched right and headway well over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Tuxedo (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dichoh 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden on wide outside well over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 12, 6l behind Kilburn (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Holiday Snap 11-1 (9-3) Led, soon 4 lengthes clear, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Qamar (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Pittodrie Star (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Held up in touch and keen, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, took 2nd towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Flipping (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Al Jaadl 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Daddy's Gift (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.