Reduced to racing in plating company early this year, Ballista has finally come good and won three of his last four starts. This is tougher but he's a sprinter in form which is more than can be said of Tiddliwinks. The latter has been well beaten since landing a couple of Group class sprints over 6f back in May but the minimum trip on fast ground brings out the best in Desert Law as when winning at Ascot last month just ahead of Taajub. Both of the latter pair have claims but Secret Witness, Ballesteros and My Girl Anna would prefer some cut. The three-year-olds Excelette and Angles Will Fall should go well but a speculative vote goes to KINGSGATE NATIVE. The seven-year-old is having only his second start of the year since joining Robert Cowell, who has some terrific sprinters in his care, and is still capable of a big run as he showed when fourth in last year's Nunthorpe.
Tiddliwinks 16-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden and hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 17th of 19, 8l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Ballista (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Raced stands side, led this pair, close up with centre group, headway to be overall leader over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) gd beating Temple Meads (8-9) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Desert Law (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Raced centre, pulled hard, chased leaders, effort over 2f out, hung right and weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Hitchens (9-7) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Judge 'n Jury 8-1 (9-5) Soon disputed lead, clear of remainder, reduced lead 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind My Girl Anna (9-2) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd.
My Girl Anna (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Soon chased leaders in 3rd, closed 1 1/2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug beating Fire Lily (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Secret Witness 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division stand side, ridden and headway over 1f out to chase leaders, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 20, 1 1/2l behind Doc Hay (8-11) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd.
Taajub (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, effort when carried slightly right inside final 2f, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, headed post, 2nd of 10, shd behind Desert Law (9-10) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Ballesteros 5-1 (8-13) Off the pace in 4th, headway to chase leaders halfway, weakening when hampered well over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Night Carnation (8-10) at Bath 6f cond Stakes (3) gs.
Swiss Spirit 10-1 (8-11) 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Jimmy Styles (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Mid-division, switched left and effort over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 13th of 19, 6l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Excelette (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) With leader, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd.