Chester runner-up Beyeh seems certain to be thereabouts again while Arashi is on a hat-trick after winning his last two starts at Kempton. Winning hurdler Wily Fox only found Hidden Justice too strong back on the Flat at Pontefract six weeks ago and Zarosa won at Newcastle last month and also beat today's rival Queen's Star over course and distance in the autumn. But we're keen to stick with ALBONNY who looked a progressive stayer when winning a shade cosily on the Polytrack at the start of month. The ease in the ground is more of a worry than his 5lb higher mark but he is probably worth following until beaten.
Cotton King 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, reminders over 5f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Homeric (9-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Ministerofinterior 9-2 (9-6) Close up on outer, pushed along over 3f out, led over 1f out, soon challenged, ran on and always holding rival, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May '12 beating Pocket Too (8-9) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Albonny (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Close up, headway to lead over 1f out, soon challenged, asserted near finish, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Llamadas (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Arashi 8-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon hung left, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Vimiero (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Joe The Coat 25-1 (9-5) Keen in touch, headway to track leader over 7f out, ridden and every chance from 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Wily Fox 10-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, led approaching final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, one pace and no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Hidden Justice (9-6) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Beyeh (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, awkward on downhill run to 1st turn, headway and squeezed through between horses inside final 3f, went 2nd over 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Filatore (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Generous Dream 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, driven over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 31l behind Mohawk Ridge (8-13) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Queen's Star 11-4 (9-1) In touch, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 8l behind Our Folly (9-3) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Zarosa (IRE) 9-2fav (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed out, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr beating Petrol (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Chapter Five 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division on inside, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 4th post, 4th of 14, 3l behind Our Folly (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Phantom Ranch 4-1 (8-9) Led, ridden 7f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, 8th of 9, 19l behind Wayne Manor (9-7) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.