SHREWD, already a winner on heavy ground over 7f at Newbury, couldn't complete the hat-trick when favourite at Newmarket last time but he was only beaten a length-and-a-half and that was the first time he'd raced on a faster surface. With Ian Burns taking off 7lb, Michael Bell's colt deserves another chance. Pearl Castle won at Goodwood when stepped up to 1m last month and should continue to progress but Complexity just scraped home in a four-runner race at Folkestone last time and has been harshly assessed on that evidence. Thirsk winner Kolonel Kirkup could be interesting off a low weight, however, while Bonnie Lesley and Secret Destination have proved fairly consistent though probably hold few secrets from the handicapper. That also looks to be the case with Top Notch Tonto but Dusky Queen has only had four starts and should be suited by the step up in distance.
Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 6l behind Ashdan (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stks (2) gd.
Shrewd 4-1fav (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, hung left entering final furlong, no extra close home, 6th of 8, 1 1/2l behind I'm Back (8-11) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Complexity 15-2 (9-3) Soon led on rail and always going well, clear halfway, ran on, always holding on, won at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug beating Master Ming (9-3) by nk, 4 ran.
Dusky Queen (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, not clear run on rails well over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, never any chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Law Enforcement (9-7) at Sandown 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Pearl Castle (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 2f out, ran on final furlong, won at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug beating Astrosapphire (8-12) by 2l, 6 ran.
Bonnie Lesley (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out to chase leaders, badly hampered over 1f out when staying on, kept on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Old Man Clegg (7-10) at York 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Secret Destination 7-1 (9-1) Led, headed inside final furlong, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression with winner when lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Grandorio (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2yo hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Old Man Clegg 11-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 14, 12l behind Waterway Run (9-0) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Kolonel Kirkup 7-2 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon hard pressed, held on gamely, won at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug beating Dr Phibes (8-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Foolbythepool 10-1 (9-1) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Marhaba Malayeen (9-6) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Attansky (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Greeleys Love (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.