Group 1 winners Planteur and Gitando Hernando have won this race in recent years. GRANDEUR isn't quite in that class, but he should still have enough to take care of these before heading for the Winter Derby itself next month. If Jeremy Noseda's charge falls well short of his best, then this is wide-open. Chookie Royale sluiced-up in a conditions event at Wolverhampton last time and Modernstone is still improving judged on his recent defeat of Castilo Del Diablo over 1m4f here. A promising three-year-old, Hajras raced only twice last term and has something to prove now and stablemate Sennockian Star has a bit to find with Robin Hoods Bay on running at Haydock in August. The latter makes more appeal than Tinshu, Uramazin and Anaconda of the other useful Polytrack handicappers.
Grandeur (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) 7th of 12, 3l behind Akeed Mofeed (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Dec.
Anaconda (FR) 8-1 (9-8) Made most, set steady pace, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Nov beating Marshgate Lane (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Chookie Royale 7-4fav (9-0) Raced keenly, pressed leader, led after 1f, clear 3f out, ridden and stayed on strongly final furlong, eased close home, very easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol beating Star Links (9-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Hajras (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, effort on outside over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 13l behind Secret Number (8-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Robin Hoods Bay 4-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, strong run under pressure inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan beating Captain Cat (9-4) by hd, 10 ran.
Uramazin (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 10l behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Sennockian Star 16-1 (9-5) Prominent, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 18, 11l behind Lahaag (9-9) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Tinshu (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed final 50 yards, outpaced into 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Two Days In Paris (FR) 25-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 12l behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Modernstone 11-10 (8-10) Tracked leader, challenged over 3f out, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, in command final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 4f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in Jan beating Castilo Del Diablo (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 3 ran.