Hawkeyethenoo has run some cracking races at the highest level and is arguably the pick of the weights in this. But he's never won outside of handicap company and this will be his first run on the all-weather for more than four years. Hitchens won this in 2010 and has been successful at Group 3 and Listed level on Turf this year. He has to concede weight all round but shouldn't be far away again. Take Cover has been running well in handicaps this year but the fact that he goes so well on Fibresand casts doubts on whether he'll act on this surface. HOODNA has won twice over this trip at Kempton and can be forgiven her latest run at Ascot, where she blew the start. The Godolphin filly could be a bit of value here and gets the nod, though last year's winner Ballista is drawn well enough to play a big part once again.
Hitchens (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 7th of 15, 8l behind Tropics (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Zanetto (9-0) 12th of 13, 12l behind Giant Sandman (9-4) at Baden-Baden(GER) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Ballista (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 15, 31l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Forest Edge (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Outpaced towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead last stride, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (2) pol beating Peace Seeker (8-8) by ns, 12 ran.
Fratellino 20-1 (9-2) Broke smartly, soon steadied, in touch, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 6l behind Equitania (8-13) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Raced centre in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 7th of 21, 4l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Take Cover 9-2fav (9-2) Led centre group until ridden over 1f out, weakened, 15th of 19, 8l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Tangerine Trees 25-1 (9-5) Raced stand side overall leader, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 19, 2 1/2l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Tiddliwinks 4-1fav (8-9) Broke well, soon pushed along in mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Rocky Ground (8-8) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Valbchek (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Raced stand side in rear, never on terms, 13th of 19, 6l behind Dungannon (8-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Hoodna (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Dwelt in touch after 2f, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 17, 12l behind Intibaah (9-4) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Oct.