Hyperlink is ridden by an amateur with a fine record this summer and looks worthy of a place on the short-list after his recent second to EBONY EXPRESS at Windsor. However, the winner won with a bit in hand on the heavy ground and a 4lb rise took manageable so he's taken to complete a hat-trick. Pivotman won under today's pilot at Pontefract in August and should again go well while May Be Some Time and Euston Square have experienced riders on board, which can count for a great deal in these conditions.
Ebony Express 5-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, remained on stand side when race split over 2f out, led that group over 1f out, overall leader closing stages, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct beating Hyperlink (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Cottesmore (USA) 20-1 (9-11) Soon led, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind One Pursuit (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Choisan (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 18, 9l behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Pivotman 11-4fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind Spes Nostra (9-3) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Thecornishcowboy 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 9l behind Stomachion (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Top Diktat 7-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, led entering final 2f, ridden over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 14, nk behind Valentine's Gift (10-0) at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Hyperlink (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, switched to far side when race split over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Ebony Express (11-5) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Royal Marskell 16-1 (9-4) Slowly away outpaced, switched left over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Minimee (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
May Be Some Time 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, headway to chase leaders 10f out, pushed along halfway, effort on inside over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Omar Khayyam (9-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Skyfire 20-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, led over 4f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 18, 17l behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Euston Square 20-1 (7-12) Slowly away, always towards rear, 10th of 14, 9l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Uncle Brit 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed laong halfway, headway under pressure 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression and dropped to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 5l behind Royal Holiday (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Cuckoo Rock (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Behind, detatched halfway, switched to far side when race split over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ebony Express (11-5) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Thackeray 33-1 (9-10) In touch near side, pushed along halfway, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 32l behind Uncle Brit (9-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Stockhill Diva 12-1 (9-2) In rear, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind April Ciel (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Sep.
Precision Strike 10-1 (9-0) Led until over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 11l behind Mystery Drama (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.