Appease was readily outpaced over 1m by Silverheels at Kempton but still finished ahead of Mia's Boy, who is on the downgrade. Dandy was tailed off on his only previous start on Polytrack but did win twice over this trip on good to firm ground last year and there's no reason why he shouldn't handle this surface. VEERAYA will have to prove he stays this far but everything else is in his favour. He's won at the track and his latest third over a mile here is the best recent form on offer. Shelley Birkett also takes off 5lb again. Syncopate was only beaten a neck over course and distance last time but this is a stronger contest.
Veeraya 10-1 (8-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd final strides, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind True To Form (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Mia's Boy 8-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, soon ridden and not quicken, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Silverheels (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Ree's Rascal (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Ridden along early, in rear, stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 8l behind Dixie's Dream (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Appease 6-1 (8-12) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd again final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Silverheels (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Red Runaway 7-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, rapid headway on outside to chase leaders 7f out, pushed along 3f out, weakening when not much room inside final 2f, 9th of 10, 12l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Syncopate 20-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 3rd of 9, hd behind Havelovewilltravel (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, kept on again inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 5th of 11, 3l behind Modernism (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Dandy (GER) 9-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, kept on to hold 2nd, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Croquembouche (9-6) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.