Evangelist beat Plutocracy and Quest For More at Bath last time with Chesterfield well behind. He has solid claims having been raised only 4lb but Plutocracy wasn't beaten far and had earlier accounted for subsequent winner Lady Pimpernel. Thomas Hobson, Glorious Protector and Empress Adelaide are all worthy of consideration in an open affair but the tentative vote goes to SQUIRE OSBALDESTON. The latter returned from a lay-off an improved horse judged on an easy maiden win at Lingfield and today's longer trip will suit.
Plutocracy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden and veered right 2f out, driven to challenge and hung left 1f out, not go by, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Evangelist (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Thomas Hobson 9-4fav (8-9) Pushed along early close up, headway 3f out, ridden to chase clear winner over 1f out, kept on but no threat to winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Battalion (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.
Salutation (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 16l behind Haafaguinea (8-6) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Sep.
Mujazif (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden and edged left from 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Tales Of Grimm (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) sft in Sep.
Chesterfield (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Took keen hold disputing 3rd until definite 3rd over 2f out, ridden and no impression 2f out, dropped to 4th over 1f out, eased when beaten final furlong, last of 4, 15l behind Evangelist (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Lady Pimpernel 7-2 (9-4) Made all, strongly challenged from over 2f out, hard ridden approaching final furlong, held on gamely, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep beating Topamichi (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Glorious Protector (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, led after 1f, headed 9f out, tracked leader, challenged going well 2f out, soon led, ridden clear over 1f out, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Troopingthecolour (9-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
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.
Evangelist 4-1 (8-7) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, pressed from 2f out, pushed along and stayed on gamely throughout final furlong, won at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep beating Plutocracy (9-2) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Empress Adelaide 6-4fav (9-0) Led until over 6f out, led again over 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Sandown 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) hvy in Sep beating Norway Cross (9-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
Hollowina 12-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Nearly Caught (8-8) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Quest For More (IRE) 11-4 (8-6) Took keen hold disputing 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, dropped to 4th over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd again over 1f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Evangelist (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.