A wide-open sprint with the tentative vote going the way of SIRIUS PROSPECT. He ended last year with victory in this contest but has looked far from straightforward this season, though better efforts on his last couple of runs have suggested he may yet get his head back in front. Ultrasonic has been holding her own in Listed company and should figure while Eton Rifles is also capable of scoring at this level. Jack Dexter and Doc Hay have shown good progress this season though the former came out best when they met over 5f here last month. Ladies Are Forever has the past form to figure but The Cheka has a bit to find with the selection on recent running.
Doc Hay (USA) 9-1 (9-10) Raced stands side, in rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, never nearer, 7th of 21, 4l behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
The Cheka (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led group of 4 on near side rail, overall leader from halfway, headed over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 15, 4l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Best Trip (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Midnight Rider (9-7) at Warwick 6f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Raced wide of pack, chased leaders, edged left halfway, effort approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Mince (8-11) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Even Stevens 16-1 (8-7) Made most far side, ridden inside final 2f, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held by stands side near finish, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Jack Dexter 4-1fav (9-1) Raced stands side, tracked leaders, ridden and overall lead over 1f out, held on well, won at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct beating Jamaican Bolt (8-10) by nk, 21 ran.
Johannes (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 6l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Justineo 33-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, carried right and unable to quicken, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Captain Ramius (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Mass Rally (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Raced stands side, mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on well, 3rd of 21, 1l behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Take Cover 5-2fav (9-4) Led until over 2f out, soon rallied and every chance, faded closing stages, 6th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Numeral (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Thunderball 20-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, stayed on strongly to lead last strides, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct beating Ancient Cross (8-10) by nk, 19 ran.
York Glory (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, ridden and every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 21, 2l behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Katla (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd under 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Balmont Mast (9-11) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo (1) pol in Oct.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Dwelt in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Whimsical (9-0) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Ladies Are Forever 8-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 7l behind Swiss Dream (9-2) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Place In My Heart 40-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 4l behind Swiss Dream (9-2) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Ultrasonic (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway on wide outside over 1f out, edged right and every chance inside final furlong, hung left and ran on towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Swiss Dream (9-2) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Valencha 16-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, held up towards rear, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, headway on inside when badly hampered and snatched up over 1f out, no daylight and eased final furlong, last of 12, 16l behind Sentaril (8-12) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol.