Winterlude ran no sort of race in soft ground at York last time and has something to prove over today's longer trip. Nautilus was raised 7lb for finishing second at Newmarket but still ran out an easy winner at Leicester recently though William Buick prefers stablemate Space Ship. The latter has claims on his earlier second at Ascot while Evangelist just held off the attentions of Plutocracy at Bath last month and there's little between that pair here. CAFE SOCIETY failed to get the decent pace he needs when a fast-finishing fifth at Ascot. But there should be no hanging about in this with Evangelist and Mahican in the field and David Simcock's colt gets the vote to come out best.
Winterlude (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Took keen hold chasing leaders on outside, lost place halfway, soon behind, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Chancery (9-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Nautilus 6-5fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7f out, challenged 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear and edged right inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating Hassle (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Space Ship 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 15, 10l behind Maputo (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Plutocracy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden and veered right 2f out, driven to challenge and hung left 1f out, not go by, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Evangelist (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Cafe Society 3-1fav (8-9) Dwelt, in rear, driven 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Excellent Result (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd in Sep.
Mahican (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Dwelt, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 4 1/2l behind Breden (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Evangelist 4-1 (8-7) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, pressed from 2f out, pushed along and stayed on gamely throughout final furlong, won at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep beating Plutocracy (9-2) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Miss Marjurie (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Breden (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Edwyn Ralph 5-2 (9-6) Took keen hold, tracking leading trio, went 3rd after 3f, disputing 2nd 8f out until 5f out, chased leaders, lost 3rd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Gabrial The Master (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
King Muro 6-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, soon tracking leaders on inside, ridden and close up 2f out, lost place entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Prospera (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.