Zain Eagle was impressive when winning on similar going over course and distance last month but refused to settle when favourite at Chester next time and was the first beaten. Groundbreaking is another course and distance winner who pulled too hard on his latest start. He shouldn't be written off just yet but Stepping Ahead and Matrooh look to be in the handicapper's grip and Cruck Realta finished behind AJMAN BRIDGE at Newmarket earlier this month. Luca Cumani's colt lost his unbeaten record that day but was far from disgraced and, only a pound higher here, could be worth another chance though Squire Osbaldeston could be dangerous after getting off the mark at Lingfield.
Zain Eagle 7-4fav (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, ridden and no impression when hung left well over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 10l behind Powder Hound (8-9) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Sep.
Ajman Bridge 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leader 2f, tracked leaders, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, stayed on to chase comfortable winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Breden (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Cruck Realta 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Breden (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 10-1 (8-5) Raced stand side tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Ascription (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gs in Sep.
Groundbreaking 11-4fav (9-0) Mid-division on outside, dropped towards rear after 3f, ridden over 2f out, stayed on towards stands side rail final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Circus Turn (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Matrooh (USA) 11-2fav (8-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 15, 7l behind Maputo (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Squire Osbaldeston (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Hawker (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Madame Vestris (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, headway 10f out, soon pressing leader, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Prospera (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Spirit Of Rio (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stirde, held up towards rear, reminder 4f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 8l behind Maven (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.