Richard Fahey has won this twice in recent years so the presence of newcomer Blades Lad should be respected. Abhaath started odds-on for his debut at Lingfield in July but finished well beaten. He improved at Leicester three weeks later but will need to make further progress. Marching On started odds-on at Newcastle after a fine effort at York but didn't enjoy front-running and can do better. UNEX MICHELANGELO never got anywhere near the leaders in what looked a hot Newbury maiden but was staying on nicely and should have come on enough to take this. Confirmed looks one for the future over further.
Abhaath (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Stipulate (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Blades Lad Haafhd gelding out of Blades Girl.
Bollin Tommy 6-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 3f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Quick Bite (8-12) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Aug.
Byron Blue (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 15, 11l behind Tales Of Grimm (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Confirmed Authorized colt out of Vas Y Carla.
Last Zak Lucky Story gelding out of Zakuska.
Marching On (IRE) 4-7fav (8-13) Went left start, soon in touch, led after 2f, hung left over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra and lost 2 places final 50 yards, 4th of 7, 5l behind Just Fabulous (8-9) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gs in Jul.
Pontius Pilate (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, outpaced, 10th of 13, 16l behind Travis County (9-0) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Sygnature 9-1 (8-13) Held up behind far side group, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 9l behind Blue Shoes (8-4) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug.
Unex Michelangelo (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Ran green and soon pushed along in rear, switched left pushed along and headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 15, 8l behind Top Offer (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Absolute Fun (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, well held over 1f out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Rythmic (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo fll mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Artlana Dutch Art filly out of Latanazul.
Ave Sofia 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear of mid-division, outpaced 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 5th of 11, 7l behind Selbaar (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Demolition Blue (IRE) Diamond Green filly out of Amoras.