BALAJO has won six times in France at up to 1m5f, but didn't stay the 2m in a Shergar Cup race at Ascot on his first start for Alison Batchelor. He can return to winning ways here as Scamperdale can't be trusted to run up to his mark these days and August's Ffos Las winner Dr Livingstone arrives badly out of sorts. Foxhaven is in better form but has plenty to find at the weights with the selection.
Dr Livingstone (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 20l behind Thimaar (8-11) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Scamperdale 2-1fav (9-12) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, hung left and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 10l behind Ashammar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Foxhaven 3-1 (9-10) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, staying on same pace when hampered inside final furlong, lost 3rd closing stages, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Raucous Behaviour (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Balajo (FR) 22-1 (9-4) Towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 18l behind Ile De Re (9-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.