Carlisle third Lion Beacon just gives the impression he's in the handicapper's grip now and will struggle to give weight to impressive Chester winner CHOCALA. Alan King's gelding stays really well and stamina could be key if the rain gets into the ground. Shalwa continues to disappoint but Nateeja stays well and has each-way claims again while a step up in trip should suit The Welsh Wizard. Astorgs Galaxy could also do better now given a real test of stamina but the fitting of a visor is a bit of a worrying sign. Snowy Dawn can be forgiven his run in the Melrose at York and looks the pick of the remainder.
Lion Beacon 12-5fav (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, chased leaders under pressure, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Sirvino (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Chocala (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Always prominent, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Chester 2m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep beating Gabrial The Master (9-4) by 5l, 8 ran.
Shalwa 6-4fav (9-5) Led, narrowly headed 3f out, chased leader, driven and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on to 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind The Ducking Stool (8-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Snowy Dawn 20-1 (8-3) Held up behind, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, weakend over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Dark Crusader (8-13) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug.
Nateeja (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, led 4f out, edged left over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Kelvingrove (9-2) at Yarmouth 2m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
The Welsh Wizard (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leader, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Halling's Treasure (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Astorgs Galaxy 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace towards finish, 4th of 8, 7l behind Lisa's Legacy (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Candoluminescence 5-4fav (9-2) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Prospera (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Sweet Martoni 9-2 (9-2) Led after 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Prospera (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Russian Link 10-1 (8-8) Reared start, headway to chase leaders after 1f, pushed along and lost place 5f out, driven and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 37l behind Poyle Thomas (9-13) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.