Chrissycross went close at Southwell last time but was placed at this track earlier and can figure. Understory is only 1lb higher than scoring over course and distance back in May and is another to consider while Silver Lace is not easily dismissed having won over a mile at Kempton last month. But MIGUEL GRAU won doing handstands on his return to action in a maiden race at Wolverhampton. Roger Varian's charge looks set to make up for lost time now he's got his head in front and can follow-up.
Chrissycross (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) In touch on outside, challenged over 2f out, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Peter's Friend (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Understory (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Led for 2f, chased leader, led again halfway, ridden over 2f out, soon hung left, headed well over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened into 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 6, 7l behind Sinaadi (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Silver Lace (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep beating Exclusive Waters (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Shirataki (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up, headway to track leaders halfway, went 2nd 3f out until 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Thecornishcowboy (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Flash Crash 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway entering final 3f, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 9l behind Handheld (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Anjuna Beach (USA) 14-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear and keen, weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 24l behind Rhombus (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Miguel Grau (USA) 5-2 (9-2) Chased leaders in 3rd, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, kept on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol beating Memphis Magic (9-2) by 8l, 8 ran.
Fearless Lad (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, lost place halfway, soon beaten, eased over 2f out, 7th of 8, 39l behind Guilded Spirit (8-10) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Landau (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left and one pace over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Magika (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Star Of Mayfair (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, last of 17, 44l behind Highway Code (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.