It's no surprise to see a handful of all-weather regulars line up in this. They include Tinshu, a leading contender bidding for a hat-trick of victories in this event. Lowther is another with claims though he has to reverse recent running over a mile here with both Marshgate Lane and Mia's Boy. True To Form has beaten Tinshu in a Listed contest over track and trip and is not easily dismissed and Viewpoint is yet another with the past form to get involved and is preferred to stablemate Rhamnus. A winner at Kempton last season, PROUD CHIEFTAIN returns to the Polytrack on the back of a close-up second in Listed company at Newmarket. A repeat would make him hard to beat and Clifford Lines' charge gets the vote.
Proud Chieftain 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, pressed entering final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Nabucco (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft.
True To Form (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on outside, led over 5f out, ridden and joined 2f out, soon headed, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 8l behind Captain Cat (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Viewpoint (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Led until over 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 7, 9l behind Nabucco (9-9) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Mia's Boy 25-1 (9-3) In rear, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Anaconda (9-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol.
Marshgate Lane (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Raced wide mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on to go 2nd near finish, no threat to winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Anaconda (9-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol.
Tinshu (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden and not clear run approaching final furlong, kept on, 6th of 10, 5l behind Prince Alzain (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol.
Lowther 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway and switched left over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Shavansky (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced and lost place 3f out, rallied on inside 2f out, switched right over 1f out, went 3rd inside furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Come On Blue Chip (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Persepolis (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Fly jumped start and slowly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 8, 11l behind Break Rank (9-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Rhamnus 22-1 (8-6) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway when hampoered over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 20, 10l behind Levitate (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft.