LAHAAG isn't the most straightforward and arguably would have won at York a fortnight ago if not for hanging left in the final furlong and getting beaten a head. Paul Hanagan will be ready for any such antics today and John Gosden's colt can make amends. He makes more appeal than stablemate Sunpass but the inconsistent Sir John Hawkwood is good enough to take this if in the mood. Little Rocky is more exposed and has an 8lb rise to contend with after scoring at Bath last time well ahead of Cool Macavity while Las Verglas Star is not the most reliable but capable on his day. Tigers Tale should be thereabouts again without looking good enough to win.
Navajo Chief 40-1 (9-9) Led centre group of five and overall, headed that side 3f out, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, hung left under pressure and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 33, 8l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Little Rocky 2-1fav (9-10) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft beating Cool Macavity (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Circumvent 5-1 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leader until 8f out, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Opera Gal (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) hvy in Sep.
Sir John Hawkwood (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, staying on same pace when pushed left over 1f out, no further impression, 8th of 16, 5l behind Danadana (10-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leader, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 8l behind First Mohican (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Licence To Till (USA) 40-1 (8-11) Raced far side, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, driven and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 33, 9l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Lahaag 11-8fav (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led and edged left from over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Chapter Seven (9-3) at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Credit Swap 7-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, came stand side over 3f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well inside final furlong to take 2nd near finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind No Poppy (8-10) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) hvy.
Blue Surf 6-1 (8-9) Towards rear, steady headway over 3f out, went 2nd briefly entering final furlong, one pace in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Hajras (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Cool Macavity (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in touch in rear, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Little Rocky (9-10) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Tameen 15-2 (10-0) Always behind, under pressure over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 13l behind Proud Chieftain (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Borug (USA) 6-1 (9-11) Keen towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Henry Clay (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sunpass 4-6fav (9-0) Dwelt keen soon tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Art Scholar (9-10) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Tigers Tale (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 3f out, chased leader, ridden and chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Blazing Speed (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.