Arch Villain found the 2m2f of the Cesarewitch beyond him last time but has claims on his earlier form over today's trip. Man Of Plenty is upped in class after a victory at Musselburgh and so is Linguine, who recently scored over 1m6f at Carlisle. Argent Knight will find this easier than his latest task at Goodwood and can figure while the lightly-raced Perfect Heart may find enough improvement to get involved on only his second start of the year. SULA TWO won a more competitive race dropped back to 1m 4f at Newbury last time and given she's a previous winner over today's longer distance, Ron Hodges' mare gets the vote to follow-up.
Arch Villain (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 6th of 18, 21l behind Oriental Fox (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Mawaakef (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) In rear, headway 4f out, reminders soon after, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Shelford (9-13) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Sula Two 16-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden to chase leader entering final 3f, led well inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep beating Goodwood Mirage (9-4) by hd, 9 ran.
Man Of Plenty 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Bowdler's Magic (9-9) by 1l, 8 ran.
Asker (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, ridden and carried head awkward and hung left over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Los Nadis (7-13) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp (3) hvy in Sep '12.
Presto Volante (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace to reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Eshtyaaq (8-11) at Bath 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Spice Fair 16-1 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 6l behind Spiritoftomintoul (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Perfect Heart 7-2 (9-13) Chased leaders and keen, chased winner 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Aquilla (9-8) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Sep.
Linguine (FR) 11-4 (9-2) Made all, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on well to go clear final furlong, won at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Ampleforth (9-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Held up, headway over 3f out, switched to far side over 2f out, led overall over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, nk behind Chocolate Block (8-9) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Argent Knight 4-1fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened well over 2f out, last of 9, 15l behind Aquilonius (8-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Sunny Future (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, stayed on well inside final furlong, finished well, unable to reach leaders, 6th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Eshtyaaq (8-11) at Bath 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Ballinderry Boy 13-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, led after 2f, clear 2f out, ridden and reduced advantage inside final furlong, always holding on, won at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Sep beating Deficit (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.