Richard Hannon senior won this last year with Producer and the yard are represented by Professor this time. He was placed in Group 3 contests at Salisbury and Goodwood in August so has to go on the short-list. Breton Rock made a winning reappearance at Thirsk while Hasopop has a chance on his best form. Pavlosk won in this grade at York around this time last year and was highly tried after. She'll be thereabouts if fully wound-up but The Gold Cheongsam is best watched at present. ETON FOREVER looks the pick of the weights and goes well fresh. His last two victories have come at this level and over this trip and recent showers may have arrived just in time.
Breton Rock (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, driven clear, ran on well, won at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs beating Baccarat (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Dubawi Sound 16-1 (8-11) Raced centre, in touch, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 23, 9l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd.
Eton Forever (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Amarillo (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Gabriel's Lad (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Dwelt in touch, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Chookie Royale (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Hasopop (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Switched left start, in rear, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Alben Star (9-5) at Lingfield 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Professor 11-4fav (8-9) Held up behind, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, not reach front pair, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Lockwood (9-0) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Askaud (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 15, shd behind Farlow (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Pavlosk (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division stands side, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 13l behind Highland Knight (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
The Gold Cheongsam (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) 8th of 11, 7l behind Zahee (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.