HEREFORD BOY is the form pick to land this handicap at the expense of Sermons Mount and Turkish Lokum. The selection caught the eye on his latest run after finishing a close second to Efisio Princess at Windsor last time out. He gets another chance to run off the same mark once again and if recapturing his best form he will not be far away once again. Sermons Mount has finished second on three separate occasions of late and has risen in the weights as a consequence. He has been improving with race experience and is sure to be in the shake up come the business end of the race. Turkish Lokum is another to have shown improvement lately on the all weather. He looks nicely weighted so should be closely monitored in the betting market. Hereford Boy has the burden of top weight to carry but he has the form to his name and looks the percentage call.
Hereford Boy 7-1 (8-6) Steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, headway into 2nd over 1f out but never any chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Efisio Princess (8-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Guildenstern (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 3l behind Sam's Cross (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Turkish Lokum 20-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, switched left start and held up in rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, hung left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Connor's Choice (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
True Decision 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 5l behind Athaakeel (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.
Sermons Mount (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Broke well, in touch, pulled hard, chased winner over 1f out, ridden and gradually closed inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Leelu (8-12) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Imperial Skylight 16-1 (8-5) In touch, under pressure 2f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Kuanyao (8-9) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp (5) pol.
Imperium 33-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 10th of 14, 27l behind Annambo (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Avoca Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Straight Face (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Kingsgate Storm (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, never in contention, 9th of 13, 10l behind Shannon Golden (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Commandingpresence (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Milldown Story (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Granakey (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear and pushed along, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Best One (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Roodee King 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and went left start, never on terms, 5th of 7, 7l behind Edith's Boy (9-3) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Jojesse 25-1 (8-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 28l behind Desert Hunter (8-3) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Time For Old Time 18-1 (8-9) In touch, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 20l behind Welsh Opera (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.