A competitive race where it can pay to side with NO WONGA ahead of Sphere and Tropical Bachelor. This intermediate trip may prove to be ideal for David Evans' mare who failed to land a blow over a slightly longer trip at Wolverhampton but had previously won well at Haydock over twelve furlongs. She made the frame at Ayr over a similar trip to today's prior to that and should have a say in the outcome. Jenny Soba had the selection behind when winning at Warwick in September and has every chance of confirming the form on these terms. Sphere finished in front of Tropical Bachelor in a quick ground seller at Beverley and is open to further improvement on debut for a new yard and has coped with softer ground well enough in the past. So, too, has Obara D'Avril who stays well enough but she has looked a trifle onepaced on occasion unlike Simple Jim who scored over course and distance last month. Silent Lucidity is relatively unexposed and Sovento one to note in the market but the money can go to No Wonga.
Andorn (GER) 9-1 (9-4) Slowly away, soon pulled hard and led after 1f, headed over 8f out, led again over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f sell stks (6) gf in Sep beating Graceful Descent (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Princess Aliuska 25-1 (9-1) Awkward leaving stalls, last pair, under pressure over 6f out, soon struggling in rear, well tailed off final 4f, last of 8, well behind Brief Look (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
No Wonga 15-2 (8-4) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, no headway, 7th of 10, 10l behind Bushy Dell (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Sphere (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gf in Sep beating Tropical Bachelor (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Jenny Soba 9-2 (9-11) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, under pressure halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Shifting Gold (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Hernando's Boy 10-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind Ingenue (8-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Sovento (GER) 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 6th of 9, 28l behind Lucky Spring (9-2) at Sligo 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 sft in Aug.
Astroangel 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 13, 2l behind Ela Gorrie Mou (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Simple Jim (FR) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Jackday (9-8) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Obara d'Avril (FR) 12-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Rossini's Dancer (10-9) at Newcastle 1m 4f am hcp (6) sft.
Dimashq 13-2 (9-3) In touch, headway to chase leaders 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Barbirolli (8-9) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Silent Lucidity (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 7l behind Cape Marien (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Tender Moments 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 12l behind John Forbes (9-9) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Golden Future 9-1 (8-9) Prominent, went 2nd halfway, led over 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 10l behind John Forbes (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 5-2fav (8-8) Led after 1f, steadied pace 7f out, quickened 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Sphere (8-11) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gf in Sep.