BLESSINGTON returned a losing favourite at Kempton in January. But last season's form on Turf was more convincing and he gets the nod on his second at Ascot in October. Trucanini landed a treble over 7f last year while Discussiontofollow recorded a hat-trick of 6f victories on the all-weather when successful Kempton last time. The latter is upped 10lb today and Joey's Destiny is preferred after going close on his comeback at Doncaster when second to Flyman. Midnight Rider is another to consider on a couple of placed efforts at Newmarket and Dominate won in soft ground over course and distance at this time last year. Palace Moon is looking to end a long losing run and went close to doing so at Lingfield last time.
Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, soon lost place, 14th of 20, 18l behind Levitate (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov.
Blessington (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Caspian Prince (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Trucanini 10-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Consign (9-1) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Good Authority (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Steaded and switched right start, held up in rear, moderate headway inside final furlong, never involved, 10th of 14, 5l behind Tasrih (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Robot Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 6th of 17, 5l behind Intibaah (9-4) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Oct.
Dominate 22-1 (9-3) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 7l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Links Drive Lady 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 25l behind Ashpan Sam (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway on bit from 2f out, cruised through to lead inside final furlong, very easily, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Absolutely So (9-5) by nk, 10 ran.
Corporal Maddox 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 18, 11l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Joey's Destiny (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kep ton to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 18, 3/4l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Midnight Rider (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 11th of 13, 6l behind Chookie Royale (9-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Palace Moon 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance throughout final furlong, pressed winner to line, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind Breccbennach (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Huntsmans Close 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 20l behind Soaring Spirits (9-0) at Doncaster 7f (4) sft in Oct.
Freddy With A Y (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Prominent, led over 5f out, headed 4f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened, 7th of 8, 36l behind Tariq Too (9-2) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Slip Sliding Away (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace towards finish, last of 9, 3l behind Verse Of Love (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, last of 10, 8l behind Upavon (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.