YAA WAYL gets the verdict in this trappy nursery, with Shibhan and Lava Lamp among the potential threats. Lava Lamp will be suited by conditions here and the stiff 6f should hold no fears. Mark Johnston gives him his fifth start and while he has failed to register a win just yet he has a very solid profile to bring to this contest. Clive Brittain got a win out of Shibhan in this sphere at Chepstow in August and she is now 3lbs higher, having been a beaten market leader at Lingfield last time. The drop back in trip on this particular track makes her of interest again today. Trip and ground suit Reeds Bay, who should remain competitive from a mark of 80, though winning again looks a tougher proposition. Monalini may have been over-estimated by the handicapper, while Frontline Bay will be of more interest if backed on his handicap debut from a mark of 75. Kakapuka was staying on well here over 5f last time and is well worth a try over this trip. He could go well at a price, but we'll side with YAA WAYL.
Yaa Wayl (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Layla's Hero (8-9) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Reeds Bay (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, headway approaching final furlong, driven and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Emerald Girl (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Edgewater (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Raced alone on standrail, with leaders, led narrowly 3f out, edging left from 2f out, ridden and headed entering final 1f, 4th and held when jinked right towards finish, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Higgy's Ragazzo (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Sep.
Monalini (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Slowly in to stride, behind and outpaced, 10th of 11, 12l behind Duchess Dora (9-4) at Beverley 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Aug.
Little Perisher 25-1 (9-6) In rear, switched left halfway, ridden and kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 9, 6l behind Emerald Girl (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Frontline Boy (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, 3rd and held when hampered on far rail inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Elusive Sue (8-12) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Lava Lamp (GER) 8-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left towards centre over 1f out, driven and ran on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mister Hughie (9-6) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Shibhan 9-4fav (9-6) Held up at the back of well grouped field, effort when not clear run and switched left well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Ice Cool Lady (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Kakapuka 10-1 (9-3) In touch, raced keenly, ridden and edged left just over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Citrus Star (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.