KINLOCHRANNOCH was overrated for her Beverley maiden win last year and struggled in handicaps this season until finishing second over C&D on her latest start. She looks to have found her level now and gets the vote to go one better here. Here Now And Why has been in fine form on the turf and carries a penalty for last week's win at Musselburgh where he just got the better of Cayman Fox. He's preferred to recent Kempton winner Francis Albert and September's C&D scorer Rightcar. Itum makes most appeal of the remainder on his handicap bow after a good effort at Kempton last time.
Almaty Express 22-1 (9-1) Chased leaders over 3f, 10th of 13, 8l behind Haadeeth (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Kinlochrannoch 11-1 (9-6) Broke smartly, soon led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Riflessione (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Here Now And Why (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct beating Cayman Fox (9-5) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Morermaloke 12-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, some headway on outside over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Mambo Spirit (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Cayman Fox 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Here Now And Why (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Fear Nothing 16-1 (9-2) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 3l behind Colourbearer (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Francis Albert 13-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, headway on inside 3f out, not clear run and switched left well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right, ran on, won at Kempton 5f hcp (6) pol in Oct beating Argentine (8-13) by 1l, 11 ran.
Grand Stitch (USA) 28-1 (8-8) Led stands side group, not on terms with far side leaders over 1f out, no extra and headed that side towards finish, 8th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Cape Royal (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Avertuoso 12-1 (9-2) Behind standside group, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 8l behind Mottley Crewe (9-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Itum 11-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Sleep Dance (8-12) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Perlachy 22-1 (9-4) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Circuitous 3-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Princess Dayna (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Rightcar 10-3fav (9-0) Bumped and slowly into stride, held up, headway on inside over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Howyadoingnotsobad (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.