Tatislu ran a fine race in the Bronze Cup at Ayr where he finished strongly over that 6f on soft ground. He did much the better of the three-year-olds there and, back in his own age group, is certain to make a bold bid to defy his big weight. Glanely has scored once from six starts and that was at Wolverhampton but he looks the type to improve and is on the short-list. Teetotal was a bit disappointing on soft ground at Hamilton last time but the front-running Soaring Spirits arrives with a good chance despite not taking to Fibresand last time as he's been getting caught over a mile so this trip should suit. But, in a tricky finale, the vote goes to LILAC TREE, a winner over this distance at Kempton last November and tackling a trip much too far on his return from a long break at Windsor last week.
Tatlisu (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear stand side, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, finished 3rd in stand side group, 3rd of 27, 3/4l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Huntsmans Close 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leader, led narrowly 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Rocksilla (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Lastchancelucas 17-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 13l behind Arctic Feeling (8-10) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
George Rooke (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Raced centre until merged with stand side 3f out, close up, headway 2f out, pressed leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 7l behind Morpheus (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Lazarus Bell 22-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Just Paul (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Dance With Dragons (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Breccbennach (8-10) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Glanely (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Held up and behind, headway when not clear run and switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Mr David (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Lilac Tree 10-1 (9-4) Led over 1f, tracked leaders, led 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Eric The Grey (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Soaring Spirits (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 10, 7l behind Peter's Friend (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Shrimper Roo 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt mid-division, came centre over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 12l behind Showboating (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy.
Ocean Applause 20-1 (8-13) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 11th of 13, 18l behind Eric The Grey (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Teetotal (IRE) Evensfav (9-0) Keen close up in rear, ridden 2f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Manatee Bay (8-3) at Hamilton 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
It Must Be Faith 6-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Gravitational (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Banovallum 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Dominium (8-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Entwined (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 10l behind Trucanini (9-3) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Aug.