George Guru is getting no relief from the handicapper but he looks in need of it and hasn't won since a victory over C&D back in March. He beat AXIOM a head on that occasion but off an 11lb lower mark today the latter can reverse running and reprise his stable's win in this race last year. Solar Deity scored over 7f at Wolverhampton last month and still has something to prove over this longer trip but hold-up horse, Chapter And Verse, has decent claims if the gaps open for him. Storm King is another who looks in the grip of the handicapper, though the three-year-old is still open to further improvement.
Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders 3f, last of 8, 30l behind Captain Ramius (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Mia's Boy 33-1 (9-2) Held up behind, raced far side, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 14l behind Jake's Destiny (8-13) at Ascot 1m stks 0-90 (3) sft in Oct.
George Guru 7-1 (9-2) Reluctant to load in stalls, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Validus (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Swiss Cross 16-1 (8-11) Led, headed inside final 2f, soon ridden, no impression with leaders final furlong, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (4) pol.
Storm King 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Chapter Seven (9-3) at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Axiom 20-1 (8-13) Raced far side, held up in rear, never involved, 16th of 26, 8l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Lockantanks 16-1 (9-2) Took keen hold and soon in mid-division, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 4th of 14, 2l behind Haamaat (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Elna Bright 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Capone (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Solar Deity (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, travelling well when not clear run and switched right well over 1f out, pushed along to lead final 110 yards, ran on well, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Fast Finian (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Bobbyscot (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) In rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 18l behind Rock A Doodle Doo (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Steadied start and held up in rear, headway towards inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to press for 3rd but never going pace of leading duo, 4th of 10, 3l behind Validus (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Poetic Dancer 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, effort on inside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Haamaat (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.