John Quinn's Northern Flyer has been in fine form of late in winning his last two starts, latterly over course and distance, and he has every chance of completing a hat-trick but a 5lb rise for that latest success makes doing so no easy task and preference is for AMBER SUNSET. The Dave Morris-trained filly ran better than expected when chasing home Glenridding on bottomless ground at Epsom recently and she looks worth siding with racing off just a 1lb higher mark today. Cara's Request is likely to press the selection for the lead early on and the David Nicholls-trained gelding has every chance off just a 3lb higher mark than when scoring at Musselburgh last month but he is less likely to dominate here. White Deer, who has slipped to a fair mark, and John Quinn's consistent Solar Spirit, who is better over six furlongs, are others worthy of a mention but it is Amber Sunset that gets the vote.
Cara's Request (AUS) 11-1 (8-8) Made all, fast pace, hard driven over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep beating George Benjamin (8-12) by 1l, 14 ran.
Amber Sunset 11-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, hampered over 1f out, rallied under pressure and every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Glenridding (9-6) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Solar Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and not clear run over 2f out, carried left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Esprit De Midas (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
White Deer (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, not much room on inside over 4f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Ours (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Christmas Light 12-1 (9-2) Always behind, 15th of 18, 45l behind Tres Coronas (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Ishe Mac 33-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, effort 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 15, 11l behind Who's Shirl (8-11) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Offspring 25-1 (8-3) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 15, 7l behind Who's Shirl (8-11) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Northern Flyer (GER) 2-1fav (9-1) Mid-division, headway when switched right over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, hard ridden, ran on to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep beating Peter's Gift (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Led until approaching 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind Chookie Avon (8-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Ubenkor (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Raced far side, close up, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 8l behind Gracie's Gift (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Chambers (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, soon switched right, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Social Rhythm (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.