ROCK 'N' ROLLER, Kanpai and Kokkokila comprise our short-list in order of preference. Willie Muir's runner has been a little in and out during his career but he has won three of his thirteen starts which is by no means a bad strike rate and he's on a competitive mark. He's pretty versatile with regard to underfoot conditions, sees out this trip well and may have more to offer as a stayer. Kokkokila ran well for Ryan Moore last time on her first run over two miles and enters calculations on that showing but she hasn't always looked the easiest of rides and we'd rather be against her. Kanpai appeals as more of a threat following his decent second at Pontefract. That was his first outing since a decent hurdles campaign in 2006 and he's thus entitled to come on for it; he has only been handed a small rise in the weights and he is feared greatly but there's always the possibility that he'll bounce so we'll go along with Rock 'N' Roller.
Ned Ludd (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced from 2f out, 7th of 12, 10l behind Desert Sea (9-9) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Tritonville Lodge (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, never better than mid-division, 10th of 18, 6l behind Missoula (9-0) at Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf in Jun.
Rock 'n' Roller (FR) 20-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway from 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Go Amwell (7-11) at Goodwood 2m hcap (5) sft in Sept.
Dr Sharp (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon beaten, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Sphinx (9-7) at Ayr 2m 1f hcap (4) hvy in Sept.
Gallileo Figaro (USA) 10-1 (8-4) Prominent, tracked leader halfway, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Calculating (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Cash On (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Very slowly away, headway to chase leaders 2f out, close up 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Right Option (9-11) at W'hampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sept.
Calculating (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) In touch, pushed along 4f out, weakened inside final 3f, 8th of 17, 15l behind Alsadaa (10-5) at Ascot 1m 4f amt hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Corso Palladio (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, lost place over 7f out, no impression on leaders from over 2f out, 9th of 17, 16l behind Hawridge Star (10-10) at Haydock 1m 6f amt hcp 0-80 (5) hvy in Sept.
Squirtle (IRE) 15-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along over 5f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 21l behind Okafranca (8-0) at Chester 2m hcap (4) gs in Sept.
Burnt Oak (UAE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 12l behind Kiribati King (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcap (5) gs in Sept.
Mae Cigan (FR) 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, raced keenly, headway 4f out, lost place over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Blimey O'Riley (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sept.
Featherlight 11-1 (8-12) Held up, not clear run over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Gala Evening (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Kokkokila 5-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Rutba (8-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sept.
Axinit (GER) 25-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, weakening and edged right over 4f out, 9th of 12, 42l behind Master At Arms (9-2) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Kanpai (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, driven and ran on final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Kiribati King (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcap (5) gs in Sept.
Hills Of Aran 11-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 10th of 12, 18l behind Shimoni (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sept.