A late starter this season, IDLER has made up for lost time by winning four of his eight starts. Last week's four-length victory at Newmarket was his best effort yet and given today's drop in class, Mark Johnston's charge can defy a penalty and go in again. Dream Tune also posted an improved effort at Chester last time on the back of a win at Salisbury and we may not have seen the best of Oblitereight yet as he went close in better company last month. Whimsical, Rio Grande and Muarrab are upped in class while Goldream is upped in trip and 3lb higher than for his latest second at Doncaster. Genius Step looks sure to improve with his seasonal debut out of the way though has some catching to do if he's to match the principal contenders.
Shamaal Nibras (USA) 9-2 (9-4) Behind, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 8l behind Stirring Ballad (8-12) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Silverheels (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Raced alone in centre, chased winner until over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 13l behind Scarf (9-2) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Sep.
Idler (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Raced centre made all, ridden 2f out, clear 1f out, hung right final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep beating Redvers (8-10) by 4 1/2l, 21 ran.
Dream Tune 11-4fav (9-2) Tracked winner, took keen hold, ridden and wanting to hang left from over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 15, hd behind Chosen Character (9-2) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Compton 12-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 8l behind Born To Surprise (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Goldream 4-1fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on and went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Springinmystep (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 20, 13l behind Heeraat (9-4) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Oblitereight (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Born To Surprise (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Genius Step (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Trail Blaze (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Whimsical (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) With leader, led over 1f out, rideen inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Kempton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Sep beating Colorful Notion (9-4) by hd, 9 ran.
Rio Grande 33-1 (9-5) Raced alone on far rail and slight lead overall, driven along 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Way Too Hot 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Chigun (9-4) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Poisson d'Or 28-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on outside, weakening when hampered entering final 2f, last of 14, 15l behind Regal Realm (8-10) at Goodwood 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Evervescent (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Raced centre, always behind, 26th of 29, 50l behind Fast Or Free (8-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Tidentime (USA) 9-1 (9-3) Outpaced towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, no chance of reaching leaders, 5th of 12, 9l behind Fabled City (8-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Tartiflette 9-2 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up and behind, headway towards centre over 2f out, soon edging left, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 4th close home, 4th of 11, 7l behind Free Verse (8-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Jul.
Subtle Knife 3-1fav (9-6) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Cockney Dancer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Muarrab 5-1fav (9-4) Held up in mid-division, headway travelling well 2f out chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, ran on well, readily, won at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Shamrocked (8-6) by 1l, 17 ran.