TOWN MOUSE was a surprise winner over course and distance in September but has continued to run well under penalties and this is a little easier than recent tasks. He makes more appeal than the equally exposed Akdam and Keychain, who disappointed when made favourite on his UK debut at Newton Abbot. Saint Jerome's third at Ludlow is only modest form but Eton Rambler will almost certainly improve on his fifth at Wetherby and shouldn't be ignored along with French import Andi'Amu.
Akdam (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, led narrowly on long run to 2nd, headed next, chased winner until 4 out, kept on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Keltus (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Town Mouse 11-2 (10-13) Taken to post early, took keen hold, chased clear leader, closed before 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and joined 2 out, strongly pressed last, headed flat, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Duroble Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Andi'amu (FR) (9-5) 8th of 15, 8l behind Ball Lightning (9-4) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 6f 3yo hcp fbs in Jun (flat).
Brave Helios 8-1 (9-7) Raced wide close up, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Hattie Jacques (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug (flat).
Double Jeopardy 150-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place 3rd, weakened 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Royal Irish Hussar (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Eton Rambler (USA) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, ridden and mistake last, no extra, 5th of 11, 9l behind Mixed Message (10-5) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Keychain (IRE) 6-5fav (10-12) Led, headed after 4th, tracked leader, led again after 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon ridden weakened and lost 2nd place and not fluent last, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Harristown (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Raced keenly, led and soon clear, went left 4th, reduced lead approaching 5th, hit next, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Ballyglasheen (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.