This race produced a fair winner last year so we hope BUCKIE BOY can be up to this assignment with Xtra Special and Bengal Tiger on our shortlist. Henry Cecil's colt has had plenty of chances but this step up to 1m4f while not sure to be ideal on pedigree looks worth a shot given his most recent effort. Xtra Special has evidently had issues that have prevented her from visiting the racetrack. Her family include useful middle distance sort, Little Rock, so the market has to be closely monitored. Bengal Tiger is a half-brother to Ericarrow. He is sure to figure heavily in the market on the basis of a course-and-distance second. Mistofelees was easy to back on introduction and may have needed the run. Full marks to Astrodiva for her consistency though with seven races already taken in; we are unsure as to exactly how much improvement is still in the tank. Saint Chappelle has had a season off since her debut. From a family that includes Noserferatu, the step up in trip should not be an issue. The remainder look fairly ordinary on what we have seen. Buckie Boy has questions to answer though he should be up to answering them in this company.
Reel Man 50-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 18l behind Inch Lodge (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Felicia 20-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Guiseppe Verdi (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Jul.
Bengal Tiger 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, slightly wide bend 3f out, progressed to chase winner over 2f out, readily held inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Bagber (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Buckie Boy (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4l behind Kefalonia (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Dance Gdansk (IRE) Fasliyev colt out of Tordasia.
Franco Is My Name 80-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ran green, always in rear, well behind final 2f, tailed off, 9th of 10, 29l behind Tahkeem (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Mister Wilberforce 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced after 2f, soon behind, last of 9, 26l behind Neo's Mate (8-12) at Catterick 6f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Mistoffelees 20-1 (9-3) Slowly away, ran green, never travelling and always in rear, 8th of 10, 24l behind Zemario (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Prince Pippin (IRE) King Charlemagne gelding out of Staploy.
Six of Clubs 100-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, last of 15, 44l behind Heliodor (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep '08.
Astrodiva 5-2 (8-5) Held up in touch, tracked leaders over 4f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on under pressure, just failed, 3rd of 6, hd behind Heritage Coast (9-6) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Saint Chapelle (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 17l behind Your Old Pal (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Xtra Special 16-1 (8-12) Raced centre in rear, pushed along halfway, kept on to take moderate 4th final furlong, 4th of 8, 11l behind Gripsholm Castle (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.