Stunning View and Discay are the ones with obvious scope for improvement in this. Both are making their handicap debuts and Mark Johnston's gelding tackles this longer trip for the first time. Kittens wasn't beaten at Bath after winning at Folkestone while Scarlet Prince should just about confirm Newcastle running with Mr Snoozy, though he's been beaten over 1m2f at Leicester since. SCRIPTURIST produced a shock at Yarmouth in August but couldn't follow up over 2m1f on the Polytrack next time. The booking of Silvestre De Sousa catches the eye here and he should be staying on here when others have cried enough. He gets a tentative vote with Abundantly having a bit to prove after his latest run.
Stunning View (USA) 13-2 (8-10) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and outpaced inside final 2f, no extra in 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Scottish Vespers (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Feisty Champion (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Mid-division, not much room 3f out, edged left entering final furlong, stayed on, never on terms, 5th of 11, 10l behind Den Maschine (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Abundantly 15-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 10, 8l behind Stock Hill Fair (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Hail Hail (USA) 66-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no extra well inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Livia's Dream (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Discay 8-1 (9-4) Pressed leader, led 8f out, headed over 4f out, led again over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Estemaala (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Scarlet Prince 4-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace form over 1f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Monopoli (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (6) sft in Sep.
Mr Snoozy 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, soon led, headed well inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Scarlet Prince (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Kittens 8-1 (8-1) Led up in last trio, good headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dancing Primo (9-5) at Bath 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep.
Scripturist 7-1 (7-8) Held up in last pair, kept on inside final furlong, never involved, 6th of 9, 6l behind Looks Like Rain (8-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Neil's Pride 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, stayed on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 20l behind Authentication (8-6) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Margo Channing 3-1fav (9-2) Chased leaders, reminders before halfway, weakened and struggling over 4f out, 5th of 11, 20l behind Brasingaman Espee (8-7) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Isolde's Return 150-1 (7-13) Always behind, 10th of 11, 38l behind Dorry K (9-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gs in Aug.