Hawk Mountain and Ampleforth have both struggled since scoring over 2m on Turf back in August. The latter has a bit to find with Eshtyaaq on more recent running at Bath while this is tougher than the race Aiyana won at Lingfield where she beat Happy Families a couple of lengths. Both Alpine Mysteries and Flemish School look high enough it the weights judged on their recent placed efforts and My History has been well beaten since winning over 1m2f at Beverley. Preference goes to CATERINA DE MEDICI, a runner-up over a shorter trip here last month and expected to improve for this greater test of stamina.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 16-1 (9-4) Always mid-division, 11th of 17, 8l behind Be Perfect (9-9) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Eshtyaaq 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Bath 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Chapter Five (8-6) by nk, 13 ran.
Caterina De Medici (FR) 50-1 (9-0) Prominent early, tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 4f out, no impression and eased from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 21l behind Kalispell (8-9) at Newbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Ampleforth 5-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 17l behind Harry Hunt (11-12) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
My History (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Soon tracking leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 9l behind Jazz Master (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Flemish School 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led approaching final 2f until ridden well over 1f out, chased winner, stayed on same pace and no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Freedom's Light (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Alpine Mysteries (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Slow into stride in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Sunblazer (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Aiyana 3-1fav (9-1) Led after 2f, ridden over 2f out, driven out, won at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct beating Grandiloquent (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.