New Pearl has been generally campaigned at a higher level and no one would begrudge David Brown's grey a second victory here. But his rivals have fewer miles on the clock and Mutazamen is still improving judged on his wins at Newmarket and Kempton, though is conceding 3lb and upwards to his rivals. BRETON ROCK was very green on his debut over C&D in August but found a nice turn of foot to get on top inside the final furlong and, though the runner-up has let the form down since, could be capable of upsetting his more exposed rivals today. Alcando has won a couple of times at Bath but more is needed in this company while Kodatish faces a tough task at the weights. Reg Hollinshead's newcomer Divine Reward could also struggle.
Mutazamen 1-7fav (9-2) Made all, shaken up over 2f out, clear over 1f out, heavily eased final furlong, unchallenged, won at Kempton 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (4) pol in Sep beating Vodnik (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 3 ran.
New Pearl (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) In rear, switched left over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind Garswood (9-3) at Ayr 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) hvy in Sep.
Alcando (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Stumbled start, soon chased leaders, eased out inside final 2f, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead last strides, won at Bath 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Sep beating Vestibule (8-11) by hd, 8 ran.
Breton Rock (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug beating Keene's Pointe (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Kodatish (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Secret Sign (9-7) at Chepstow 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Divine Reward (USA) Divine Park gelding out of World Of Thanks.