Sholaan had no problem with the drop back to 6f at York last time, winning by five lengths. If in the same mood here, William Haggas' gelding could well defy a 12lb weight rise as neither Silverheels nor Intransigent has shown much this year and Fanrouge has struggled off higher marks since winning at Bath in April. Mezzotint is best on the Polytrack but Fibresand specialist Bella Ophelia was just beaten on soft ground at Newmarket earlier this month and Nassau Storm ran a cracker behind Hezmah at Yarmouth last time. MISS AZEZA hasn't been seen since contesting a Listed race at Salisbury in September but she had no luck at all that day and her debut win at Ffos Las has worked out really well. The second has rattled up a hat-trick this year while the third went on to land a Listed race and the fourth won easily next time. She could be the value at the likely odds.
Sholaan (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Chased leader far side, led over 2f out, ridden and clear inside final furlong, won at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft beating Gabriel's Lad (8-6) by 5l, 17 ran.
Silverheels (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Aljamaaheer (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Fanrouge (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, never a factor, 6th of 7, 12l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Haydock 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Miss Azeza 10-1 (8-12) Squeezed out start, in rear, switched left to outer inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never threatened, 7th of 11, 6l behind Sajwah (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Intransigent 10-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division stand's side, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 17, 21l behind Sholaan (8-9) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Mezzotint (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, hampered over 4f out, went 2nd 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, closing on winner close home, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Desert Philosopher (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Nassau Storm 16-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, soon led, headed close home, 2nd of 13, hd behind Hezmah (9-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Bella Ophelia (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, carried right over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Lollina Paulina (8-13) at Newmarket 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) sft.