It's difficult to know what to make of LOUD, who was fancied to make a winning debut at Windsor and did so with the minimum of fuss. The assessor may have taken a chance with a mark of 72 and he's handed the vote. Dominium is in great form and his three all-weather victories have come on this track, though all over 7f. Fantasy Gladiator is another who likes the track and his last run over the course and distance resulted in a short-head defeat by Hierarch so he's on the shortlist. Evident has had little experience but ran very well behind Grilletto at Wolverhampton and can improve further while Sheikh The Reins won here in July and ran a fine race when just failing to catch First Class last month.
Apostle (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, always in last pair, never a factor, 11th of 12, 12l behind Ocean Tempest (9-7) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Dixie's Dream (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, steadied after 1f, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to challenge, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Defendant (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort on inner over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sir Mike (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Lutine Bell 4-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, staying on same pace and no impression when hampered briefly inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Mr David (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Whipper Snapper (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 6th of 13, 5l behind Consign (9-1) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Dominium (USA) 7-1 (8-4) Last to break, held up in rear, switched left and headway from well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Pivotal Movement (9-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
Evident (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Grilletto (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Seek The Fair Land 3-1fav (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 6l behind George Fenton (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Greensward 5-1 (9-6) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Grilletto (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Intomist (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 14, 18l behind Investment Expert (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Fantasy Gladiator 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, late headway, nearest finish, 7th of 16, 5l behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m Handicap (0-73) (3yo+) (5) gd.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind First Class (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Loud 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Windsor 6f mdn stks (5) gd beating Pearl Angel (9-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Disco Inferno 3-1 (9-5) Raced near side, with winner racing in centre, every chance 2f out, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Endless Light (9-0) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.