HALYARD beat a decent yardstick in Sunley Spinalonga last time and appeals as the type who may be able to keep one step ahead of the handicapper and the form of his win has already been given a boost with the third home winning next time. Irish raider Fearchar is one to monitor closely in the market and the betting may also be the best guide to the chances of Loden and Ildiko (who is now tried in a tongue strap) but there are plenty in the line-up with less to prove. Celestial Girl, Now What and Azaday have all been running well but have shown their hand to the assessor whilst Forgotten Army has struggled since making a promising start to the season. Mavalenta also has a little to prove but is bred to appreciate this sort of trip and may well improve for this stiffer test.
Dream Spinner 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Baralaka (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Azaday (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) In rear, ridden over 3f out, headway on outer 2f out, driven to press winner inside final furlong, ran on but always held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Dhan Dhana (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gd.
Halyard (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead on line, won at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Sunley Spinalonga (9-7) by shd, 11 ran.
Mavalenta (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leader until 2f out, one pace when dropped to 4th over 1f out, stayed on again towards finish, last of 4, 4 1/2l behind Pintura (11-11) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Musical Mark 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, raced stand side from over 4f out, never dangerous, last of 12, 40l behind Light The City (7-11) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Now What 9-2 (9-7) Raced wide, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, one pace and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Shianda (8-9) at Bath 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gf.
Iron Condor 9-2fav (10-0) In rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Head Hunted (9-9) at Yarmouth 1m 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Loden 9-1 (9-0) Reared and started slowly, behind most of way, 8th of 13, 12l behind Catchanova (8-7) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Celestial Girl 9-4fav (9-3) Towards rear, took closer order 4f out, headway to go 4th over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Shianda (8-9) at Bath 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gf.
Forgotten Army (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Raced in mid-division, ridden 6f out, tailed off and virtually pulled up final 2f, 12th of 14, well behind Extremely So (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Danvilla 40-1 (8-12) Behind, struggling over 3f out, pushed along and some headway final furlong, never in contention, 7th of 13, 18l behind Cheetah (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Ildiko (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, headway to lead 8f out, headed 4f out, weakened quickly, eased final 2f out, last of 8, 50l behind Kathleen Frances (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Sir William Orpen 25-1 (8-3) Keen tracked leaders, gradually weakened from over 3f out, last of 6, 23l behind Rare Tern (8-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Fearchar (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Held up, 11th and ridden entering straight, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 14l behind Amber Grey (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gd in Aug.