The well bred Lombok is entitled to be in the mix if handling the surface but he hasn't always impressed with his resolution and it's easy enough to look elsewhere. Perception has shown a consistent level of form recently and merits respect but there may be one or two better handicapped runners in the field. Ramora makes some appeal on her first start since leaving Henry Cecil but she does have an absence to overcome and a more tempting option is BABILU. She could hardly be described as reliable but she did go close over course and distance on her penultimate start in cheekpieces; the headgear was left off last time but she is now tried in first time blinkers and they may enable her to double her tally. Gandalf is better than the bare form of his latest run suggests with Dark Energy, Wester Ross and Naughty Naughty others to consider.
Perception (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Settled in mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased winner well over 1f out, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Saute (9-1) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Lombok 11-4fav (9-10) Towards rear, headway when not clear run over 3f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 9l behind Arab League (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Ramora (USA) 7-2fav (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly and eased, last of 13, 44l behind Bow To No One (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Gandalf 5-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 18l behind Saute (9-1) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Naughty Naughty 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 2l behind Andorn (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Colonel Flay 16-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, hung right over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 13, 12l behind Arab League (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Babilu 6-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in 7th, headway 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Moscow Oznick (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Wester Ross (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, challenged from 5f out, until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 9l behind Arab League (8-11) at Newbury 2m app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Dark Energy 4-1 (8-12) In touch, chased leader over 4f out to over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Hawridge King (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Croix Rouge (USA) 22-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, no impression over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Jasmeno (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Honorable Endeavor 16-1 (8-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 17l behind Saute (9-1) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Kings On The Roof 18-1 (8-3) Held up in 4th, improved to press leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Ptolomeos (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.