Given the shortcomings of the opposition, a speculative vote goes to DARK CRYSTAL. She steps up in trip and is dropped in class for this. Diffident Beats won a seller at Wolverhampton earlier but failed to beat a rival at this track last time while Princess Tanay is getting progressively worse. Sydney James has beaten only one rival in three starts so far and Rural Affair was still seven lengths behind the winner when runner-up at Wolverhampton a week ago.
Topofthedrops (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and hung right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 13l behind Tides Reach (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Dark Crystal 50-1 (8-11) Close up, lost place entering final 4f, ridden and some headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Mime Dance (9-2) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Sep.
Diffident Beats 14-1 (9-5) In rear, well beaten final 2f, last of 11, 23l behind Hedge End (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sydney James (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 37l behind Mushir (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Princess Tamay (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, rallied over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 12l behind Hickster (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.
Rural Affair 12-1 (8-6) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Hickster (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.
Wildling 100-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place well over 2f out, eased, last of 9, well behind Miner's Lamp (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep.
Miss Lawlass (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 17l behind Nova Princesse (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Sep.