Cristaliyev sets the standard here but despite a decent run in defeat over six furlongs last time he looked a little one paced so this step down to the minimum trip looks a little counter-intuitive. Kieren Fallon has a good record when riding for Mark Johnston this season so Karate, who has shown ability in two starts is considered. This time though the vote lands with the progressive BARBIERI who left a debut run behind with a good outing over course and distance last time and a similar amount of improvement again should be enough.
Barnet Fair 80-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3l behind Old Master Expert (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Sep.
Beach Patrol (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, 18l behind Norse Blues (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Cristaliyev 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, soon challenging winner, kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Reachtothestars (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Karate (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Led narrowly, headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Valerius Maximus (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Partout Le Magasin 40-1 (9-3) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, pushed slighly right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Yellow Dandy (8-12) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Barbieri (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, chased winner briefly approaching final furlong, ridden and no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Latin Lashes (8-12) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Darwin Star 14-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 11, 4l behind Expose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Furiosa (IRE) (8-6) last of 9, 21l behind Mi Amor (8-9) at Dieppe(FR) 5f stk gs in Jul.
Manoori (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, soon no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Indieslad (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.