ASIFA got off the mark with a win at Warwick in September and the form has been boosted by the subsequent victory of the runner-up Intuition. He looks up to scoring on his handicap debut and makes more appeal than stablemate Abhaath, who keeps finding at least one too good. Cresta Star opened her account on the Polytrack last time, but the three horses immediately behind have let the form down since and Rocky Reef could prove a bigger threat having gone close at Wolverhampton last month. Atlantis Crossing won a nursery at the same track last week, but this is tougher.
Cresta Star 9-4fav (9-0) Made virtually all, joined 2f out, driven over 1f out, ran on and in command closing stages, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep beating Fine Painting (9-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Asifa (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Made all, joined 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Intuition (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Dishy Guru 8-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 14, 14l behind Beach Candy (9-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Oct.
Crowning Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) In touch, pushed along inside final 3f, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 8l behind Chalk And Cheese (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Abhaath (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Soon crossed over to press leader, led narrowly after 1f, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened to 3rd inside finasl furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Young Prince (9-4) at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
All Nighter (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Raced centre, with leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 17, 13l behind Fillionaire (8-12) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Not Bad For A Boy (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, switched inside over 4f out, outpaced over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 10, 9l behind Serene Oasis (8-12) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Rocky Reef 7-2 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Galilee Chapel (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Accustomed 10-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, some late moderate headway, never on terms, 7th of 10, 8l behind Tiger Cub (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Atlantis Crossing (IRE) 22-1 (8-3) Dwelt, took keen hold, held up behind leaders, slightly hampered and rider unbalanced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating M J Woodward (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.