Richard Fahey's Barefoot Lady has the pedigree to suggest that she could handle cut in the ground and she makes more appeal than Saeed Bin Suroor's Roayh, who has shown a decent level of form, forcing a dead-heat at Kempton over seven furlongs last month but he is not certain to appreciate the drop in trip or the ground. There are ground concerns for both Easy Ticket and Murbeh so a better option looks to be the Irish raider KATLA, who gets the verdict. The selection is a confirmed performer on testing ground having been narrowly beaten in a listed race at The Curragh last month before running well in a Group 3 race at the same venue. Tom Dascombe's Ballista, who ran well when a close third in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy earlier this month is another to consider.
Ballista (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, hung left and headed well over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 22, 1 1/2l behind Ladies Are Forever (7-12) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gs.
Easy Ticket (IRE) 13-8fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, edged left, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Invincible Ridge (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Murbeh (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression, 9th of 21, 6l behind Wootton Bassett (8-9) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
None Shall Sleep (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Unseated rider behind stalls, reared start, held up, bumped inside final 4f, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Forjatt (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf in Aug.
Roayh (USA) 2-1 (9-0) Led, ridden approaching final furlong, soon hard ridden and under pressure, joined last strides, won at Kempton 7f cond stks (3) pol in Sep deadheating with Pausanias (9-0), 3 ran.
Barefoot Lady (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Majestic Dubawi (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Carrignavar (USA) 11-4 (8-12) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden and headway to chase leader entering final furlong, drew clear with leader until led towards finish, won at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep beating Supercharged (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Katla (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Moderate 2nd, smooth headway 2 1/2f out, led under 2f out, headed under 1f out, 5th and no extra when eased close home, 5th of 11, 9l behind Chrysanthemum (8-12) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) in Sep.