The likes of Slugger O'Toole and Victorian Bounty are attractively weighted these days but they can't exactly be relied upon and nor can Sheer Force whilst Rondeau's sequence of placed performances is building. Tiger Star continues to attract support and showed more at Wolverhampton last time although another furlong may suit better as he did appear to become outpaced at a vital stage. Harting Hill's three wins have all come over this course and distance, Smart Endeavour may be able to build on his Wolverhampton victory and they have claims in a race where few are confidently dismissed but the token vote goes to ARMY OF STARS who has been running well of late and wasn't disgraced in a stronger race last time.
Army of Stars (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Saint Pierre (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Slugger O'Toole 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 13, 30l behind Swiftly Done (7-12) at Warwick 1m hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Victorian Bounty 13-2 (9-7) Led until driven and headed inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 9, 4l behind Grand Zafeen (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rondeau (GR) 15-2 (9-8) Held up in mid-division, cajoled along and headway over 2f out, soon went 3rd, hung left and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Amber Sunset (8-11) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Pan American 10-3fav (9-5) Chased leaders, chased winner over 2f out until entering final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 6l behind Titus Gent (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Smart Endeavour (USA) 5-2fav (9-4) Prominent, switched right over 1f out, led and edged left inisde final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Pipers Piping (8-10) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Gazboolou 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, in 5th and held when eased last 50 yards, 7th of 13, 6l behind Chief Exec (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Sheer Force (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Behind, ridden well over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 7l behind Sweet Gale (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Tukitinyasok (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, caught post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Kilt Rock (8-8) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Chilli Green 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders on outside, ran wide into straight and soon weakened, 11th of 14, 11l behind Kakatosi (8-13) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.
Step In Time (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 14, 14l behind Cara's Request (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Harting Hill 9-2 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 8l behind Spanish Island (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tiger Star 5-1 (9-4) Dwelt, progress to mid-division after 2f, not clear run from over 2f out, headway over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Bianca De Medici (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fazza 22-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 11, 7l behind Not My Choice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.