A glance through past winners shows that it takes a useful sprinter to win this and the aptly-named YORK GLORY fits the bill. Kevin Ryan's grey didn't run as a juvenile but made up for lost time last year with four victories including a handicap here in August. He was unlucky in-running in the Portland at Doncaster on his final start and should progress even further this season. He's handed the vote though there are numerous dangers including Instance, another lightly-raced type with plenty of pace despite scoring over 7f at Newmarket in July. Shropshire had several of these behind when runner-up to Maarek at Newmarket and it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake-up and New Planet has a touch of class as he showed with a good run in Listed company at Newmarket last month. Barnet Fair wasn't far behind York Glory here in August and Richard Guest should have him ready for a big run with Silvestre De Sousa booked.
New Planet (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Mayson (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Apr.
Waffle (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Mid-division stand side, chased leaders when not much room over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 9th of 24, 5l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 22, 8l behind Bohemian Melody (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
York Glory (USA) 11-2fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, not much room and switched left over 5f out, headway over 3f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, held by leaders, 5th of 21, 1l behind Nocturnal Affair (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Khawatim (9-1) 10th of 13, 7l behind Star Dust Melody (8-8) at Longchamp(FR) 5f 3yo clm gd in Jun.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 22nd of 24, 13l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Dickie's Lad (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Badly hampered start, behind, not recover, 10th of 14, 6l behind Confessional (9-2) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Secret Witness 8-1 (9-7) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, effort stands side over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Thunderball (9-3) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Love Delta (USA) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra and weakened, last of 14, 16l behind Gordon Lord Byron (8-7) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Nov.
Valery Borzov (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 12th of 24, 5l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Instance 10-11fav (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Bonnie Brae (9-1) at Newmarket 7f fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Shropshire (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders far side, ridden to lead overall 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed final stride, 2nd of 24, nk behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Tajneed (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders stand side, ridden and effort when groups merged over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 20, 1 1/4l behind Farlow (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Barnet Fair 7-2 (9-4) Held up in last trio, not clear run from over 2f out until swiched leaf and squeezed through inside final 2f, headway soon after, strong run to 2nd final 50 yards, closed on winner closing stages, not quite get up, in a race won by Fair Value (8-13) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep, 9 ran.
Coolminx (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Raced on outside, prominent, went 2nd that side well over 1f out, never any chance, 6th of 17, 11l behind Seal Rock (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr.
Roker Park (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Led 6f out until over 5f out, chased leaders until weakened entering final 2f, 14th of 18, 14l behind Navajo Chief (9-3) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Fast Shot 9-1 (9-4) Mid-division centre, outpaced when groups merged over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 12th of 20, 6l behind Farlow (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Medici Time 33-1 (8-8) Outpaced and behind, 12th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Baby Strange 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division centre, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 20, 1 3/4l behind Farlow (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Escape To Glory (USA) 18-1 (8-4) Chased leaders stands side, ridden when hampered on stand side rail over 1f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 19th of 24, 9l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.