Richard Fahey won this with the smart Garswood last year so Back Lane is expected to improve on his second at Musselburgh. But he'll need to if he's to get the better of FAST TRACK. David Barron's colt won his handicap debut at Thirsk last time with subsequent winner Blithe Spirit back in fourth despite showing his inexperience. The former gets the nod as Excel's Beauty may boast the highest rating in this but she ran below par in soft going last time when a couple of lengths behind runner-up Mecca's Angel. The latter should go close again and so could Irish raider Hurryupharriet but Bahamian Heights and Umneyati are others with something to prove in the likely testing ground.
Back Lane 3-1 (9-2) Edged right start, led, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Viva Verglas (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo stks (3) gd in Aug.
Bahamian Heights 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd
Fast Track 4-5fav (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon hung left, ran on well, won at Thirsk 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug beating Memory Styx (8-11) by nk, 5 ran.
Blithe Spirit 4-1 (8-8) Made all, driven 2f out, clear when ridden inside final furlong, stayed on when hard pressed towards finish, just held on, won at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Bushcraft (9-7) by ns, 5 ran.
Excel's Beauty 11-4 (8-9) Raced keenly, led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Hot Streak (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Aug.
Hurryupharriet (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Led, ridden 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Come To Heel (8-12) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Aug.
Lady Chantilly (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Wind Fire (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Mecca's Angel (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Raced keenly, with leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Hot Streak (9-0) at York 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Aug.
Oasis Town 10-1 (8-6) Chased leading pair far side, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 19, 10l behind Haikbidiac (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Aug.
Umneyati 5-4fav (9-7) Bumped start, held up, smooth headway on outside to 2nd well over 1f out, led 1f out, pushed clear, comfortably, won at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Stellarta (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.