CYFLYMDER is given the vote in the last turf flat race of 2009, while Excusez Moi and Collateral Damage are others to note in a tricky heat. The Richard Hannon-trained pick will be a decent price here, as he has proved difficult to get a win out of in recent runs. However, he acts well with cut underfoot, has a good draw today, and was going well enough when put out of the race through no fault of his own here last month. He is guaranteed to run his race, hazards permitting, and he looks one we can play at each-way prices here. Excusez Moi has served Ruth Carr well this time, being tried over various trips and winning over this 7f on good ground at Musselburgh along the way. He has won on soft ground too, so he is respected. The same goes for Collateral Damage, who represents Tim Easterby, and relishes the mud. He drops back in trip here but is likely to get the strong pace he will need to bring his stamina into play and could go very close. Kyllachy Star is adaptable with regards to the ground, although probably better when it is quicker than today. Nonetheless he is in good heart and is respected. Dixey is another to consider, although despite positives over trip and ground, he has gone up in the weights for being beaten last time and is likely to go well without winning. The ground has gone against One Way Or Another, but course and distance scorer Dhaular Dhar is not badly handicapped now and could show up well. Preference, however, is for Cyflymder.
Mia's Boy 4-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, raced in rear, headway well over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct beating Young Pretender (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Garnica (FR) 33-1 (8-11) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 14, 11l behind Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct.
Zidane 12-1 (9-7) Held up, effort over 2f out, no impression, 13th of 18, 8l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Cyflymder (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Tracking leader when hampered and unseated rider over 5f out, in a race won by Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Appalachian Trail (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, badly hampered over 5f out, no danger after, 12th of 14, 37l behind Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 7-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ran on well under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 15, hd behind Aldermoor (8-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Oct.
Mister Hardy 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 17, 2l behind Esoterica (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Excusez Moi (USA) 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on strongly, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Quest For Success (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Oct.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden and headway from over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 20, 6l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Prominent, led approacing final furlong, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Oct beating Cool Baranca (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
The Osteopath (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on, never nearer, 8th of 20, 11l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Kyllachy Star 15-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct beating Spirit Of Sharjah (8-13) by 1l, 13 ran.
Cobo Bay 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 11l behind Balcarce Nov (10-0) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Webbow (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up, good headway from over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Dixey 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, nk behind Crystal Moments (8-9) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Felday 13-2fav (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Esoterica (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Celtic Sultan (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 14th of 20, 19l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Confuchias (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 18, 10l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Aldermoor (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 16th of 18, 11l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Glen Molly (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Raced keenly, outpaced 2f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Crystal Moments (8-9) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.