SMART STEP looks to have an excellent chance of landing her hat-trick. All three of this year's wins have been in soft ground and, despite having a 6lb rise to contend with here, Mark Johnston's filly can come out best once again with conditions to suit. Barista will also handle the going but he's yet to win over further than 7f, while the same comment also applies to Carlisle winner Watts Up Son. Blue Maisey's best form has come on a fast surface, including her win at Windsor in July, and Sky Diamond saves his best for the Polytrack nowadays.
Barista (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway far side halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind Green Howard (9-7) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Blue Maisey 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Carinya (9-2) at Bath 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Heezararity 5-1fav (10-12) Behind, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 13th of 18, 16l behind Steed (10-9) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Sky Diamond (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 13, 3l behind Poyle Punch (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Frozen Over 9-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, some late moderate headway, never a danger, 7th of 13, 8l behind Doncosaque (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Smart Step 5-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct beating Icy Blue (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Watts Up Son 11-2 (8-4) Chased leaders, wide entering straight, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f, no impression, 5th of 11, 7l behind Makbullet (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
First Class Favour (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Close up, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 17, 18l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 18l behind Focail Maith (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Automotive 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 21l behind Lieutenant Kojak (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Bodie 8-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind See The Storm (8-10) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Calico Bay (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Started slowly, soon recovered to chase leaders on stands rail, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final 3f, 9th of 13, 17l behind Brio (8-10) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Oct.