Arganil comes here defending an unbeaten record on the all-weather but today's sixth furlong may prove a problem so we'll take him on with CEREMONIAL JADE who can land this listed contest at the main expense of Himalya. The selection has been off the track since March but has plenty of form to suggest he goes well fresh and Marco Botti's gelding can mow these down late on with his customary late charge. The strong-travelling sort is a much better horse on artificial surfaces having won three times at this track and granted a strong pace to chase Kieren Fallon can guide this six-year-old through the gaps to land the spoils in a cracking race. Arganil has won five from five on the all-weather and arrives here fit after winning in this grade at Dundalk last time. However, Kevin Ryan's gelding has only one win beyond 5f to his name, that victory on the turf at Hamilton over a year ago in much lesser company, and so he has to be opposed on those grounds today despite otherwise offering a compelling case. Himalya was fourth in the Coventry Stakes back in 2008 having won on debut and was evidently held in very high regard by his trainer Jeremy Noseda. However, the horse had his problems after that run and didn't make it back to the track until September of this year when well beaten behind Duff but since then he has progressed with racing suggesting all is not yet lost and he may well go close to landing this prize, although this is a step back up in class following his third place last time out. Dangers are lurking everywhere in this contest with Rowe Park having landed a much weaker race in decent style at Southwell last time and Jaconet operating at a 75 percent strike rate on the all-weather whilst Fullandby arrives in search of a third consecutive victory but Ceremonial Jade likes it here and can take this listed prize.
Arganil (USA) 5-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 1 1/2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo pol in Oct beating Rain Delayed (9-11) by 1l, 11 ran.
Ceremonial Jade (UAE) 7-2 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, faded final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Abbondanza (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (2) pol in May.
Fullandby (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft beating Arthur's Edge (9-3) by hd, 12 ran.
Ebraam (USA) 1-3fav (9-2) With leader, led over 4f out, clear over 1f out, won at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol beating Thunder Bay (8-6) by 8l, 8 ran.
Green Manalishi 3-1fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, 4th into straight, ridden to challenge from 1 1/2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Bay Knight (8-8) at Dundalk 6f Ext hcp pol.
Himalya (IRE) 10-3 (9-11) Pulled hard, held up in rear, ridden approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to snatch 3rd post, never a factor, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Rum King (8-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo & 3yo stk (3) gd in Oct.
Rowe Park 5-2fav (9-5) Stumbled start, soon recovered and in touch, headway to lead over 1f out, ran on and held on gamely near finish, all out, won at Southwell 5f stks (3) fbs in Oct beating Excellerator (8-9) by ns, 8 ran.
Sir Gerry (USA) 17-2 (9-3) Held up, headway over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 10l behind Fullandby (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft.
Son of The Cat (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Close up, good run on inside, bend entering final 2f, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden, headed final strides, 2nd of 11, nk behind Global City (8-12) at Lingfield 6f stks (3yo+) (3) pol.
Turn On The Style 7-2 (9-0) Reluctant to go to start, restless in stalls, pressed leader to over 1f out, weakened final 1f, 6th of 8, 5l behind Rowe Park (9-5) at Southwell 5f stks (3) fbs in Oct.
Jaconet (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders far side, ridden and outpaced 2f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Green Manalishi (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Prescription 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Fullandby (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft.