MISTER NEW YORK is put forward ahead of more obvious candidates such as Wing Play and Idesia. Noel Chance's colt was in fine fettle at the start of the year, winning here and at Lingfield before being beaten by less than 7 lengths behind Paco Boy in a Listed race at the latter track. He has been struggling for form since then but is handicapped accordingly and may be worth chancing with George Baker taking over in the saddle for the first time. Wing Play is probably the one to beat as Hughie Morrison's colt is progressing nicely since being fitted with cheekpieces. His recent performances have been over longer trips than this though and this distance is by no means certain to suit. Idesia clearly shows up well at home as she has been well supported on more than one occasion this season. She tries this trip for the first time but may well be suited by it as she was given a positive ride at Bath last time and a repeat of that could see her go close. She's come up short before though so we're content to take her on with Mister New York.
Purus (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Taken to post early, pulled hard in rear, headway to chase leaders after 3f, effort 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Amber Queen (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led going well over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, soon not much room and stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Beetuna (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 14th of 20, 10l behind Strawberry Moon (9-2) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Mister New York (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place over 4f out, behind afterwards and no danger final 2f, 7th of 8, 10l behind Prince Of Thebes (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Chief Exec 5-1jt-fav (9-2) Chased leaders, hampered and lost place 1f out, no danger after, 10th of 14, 7l behind Trinculo (8-11) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Herbert Crescent 10-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, headway to 8th 1 1/2f out, ridden into moderate 7th 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 10l behind Willkandoo (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 0-80 pol in Oct.
Chrystal Venture (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, headway to lead over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 9, 26l behind Fools Gold (8-8) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp (5) fbs in Jun.
Idesia (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Chased leader, ridden 3f out, led just inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Support Fund (9-5) at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Wing Play (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway on inside, to challenge 2f out, every chance over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, well held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Beetuna (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Castano 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Smarty Socks (8-9) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.
I Confess 7-1 (8-4) Prominent, lost place after 3f, soon weakened, last of 11, 23l behind Quest For Success (8-9) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Coleorton Dancer 7-1 (9-1) In touch, headway on inside to chase leader on inside entering final furlong, until weakened towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Welcome Approach (8-5) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.