Recent winners Tinshu and Poyle Meg needs respect however CRITICAL PATH lurks at the bottom of the weights and is preferred. Andrew Balding's Noverre filly is one of the least exposed runners in the line-up. She ran well at Windsor when last seen and she looks capable of playing a major hand in the finish today. Shady Lady made no impact on a recent comeback at the track but was hardly expected to at 25/1, rises in the weights for Tinshu and Poyle Meg may mean that they struggle slightly in this stronger race, whilst Accede is 8lb higher now back in handicaps following a decent effort in Listed company last time out. Similar comments apply to Badiat Alzaman and Crimson Ribbon, whilst Stan's Cool Cat hasn't gone on since beating Accede at Newbury in July. Another open handicap, where we will stick with Critical Path.
Accede 66-1 (8-11) In rear, pushed along halfway, kept on, never nearer, 7th of 12, 8l behind Moonlife (8-11) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Badiat Alzaman (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway and hung left over 3f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 6l behind Nashmiah (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Sep.
Crimson Ribbon (USA) 28-1 (8-8) Dwelt, soon switched left, held up in rear, never nearer, 6th of 12, 11l behind Baila Me (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Stan's Cool Cat (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Behind, outpaced over 4f out, never near leaders, 4th of 6, 12l behind Gripsholm Castle (9-8) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Tinshu (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating King Olav (9-6) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Poyle Meg 14-1 (8-7) In touch, headway to chase leaders 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, driven and stayed on to led near finish, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct beating Mafeking (9-9) by nk, 14 ran.
Shady Lady (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Close up, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 9, 36l behind Mister New York (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Critical Path (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, soon steadied into mid-division, headway on far rail and pushed along 2f out, keeping on same pace when squeezed up entering final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Splinter Cell (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.