This could be between the handicap debutants Epic Storm and NOBLE SILK. The former scored over today's trip at Wolverhampton last month and should make a bold bid but Lucy Wadham's three-year-old is just preferred. The latter scored over 1m2f here last time and breeding suggests today's longer distance will bring further improvement. Beat Route finished just behind Livia's Dream who runs in the previous race last time so a good run from her would boost confidence while Perfect Delight is not without a chance on her best form.
Ascendant 16-1 (9-10) Led until ridden and headed over 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 11, 36l behind First Avenue (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 14l behind Highlife Dancer (8-12) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Epic Storm (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Unex Renoir (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Standpoint 33-1 (8-8) Held up, lost place 3f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Focail Maith 16-1 (8-12) Held up, headway approaching final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 8l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Beat Route 20-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, closed over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, unable to quicken final 100 yards, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Miss Aix (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Noble Silk 6-4 (9-3) Dwelt in touch in rear, headway on outer 2f out, edged left and led just inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Sep beating Keeping Time (9-3) by 1l, 5 ran.
Nave (USA) 6-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Porcini (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Perfect Delight 20-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 8, 5l behind Albasharah (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Badea 3-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.