Turban Heights and Force Group make most appeal with the top-weight preferred but there are some interesting runners such as Serious Choice lurking further down the weights. The booking of one of the challengers for the apprentice title takes the eye, particularly given that he is a rare booking for the yard. The filly has only had five career starts and may just have needed her two runs this season following some time on the sidelines. She's related to a host of winners at around this trip and the limited evidence available suggests that she's more than capable of adding her name to the roster; this represents a decent opportunity to do so. Force Group is feared most as his recent run at this track over a furlong further came in a better quality race than this and he was far from disgraced. This shorter trip is very much in his favour and he is on an upward curve. Nawamees and Olimpo both warrant attention whilst David Probert had been asked to ride both Chicken George and Outlandish which ensures that they are worth a second look too. However, the final place on our short-list goes to Serious Choice who returned to form at Nottingham last time over ten furlongs. He's open to further improvement and has plenty of stamina on the dam's side of his pedigree. As far as the winner is concerned though, we prefer the claims of TURBAN HEIGHTS.
Turban Heights (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Dwelt, soon ridden along to lead, headed over 2f, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Princess Taylor (9-3) at Haydock 1m 3f fll hcp (3) gf in Sept.
Force Group (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Behind, ridden 3f out, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 7th of 16, 7l behind Times Vital (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcap (4) gd in Sept.
Nawamees (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, led 2f out, pressed final furlong, held on well, won at Leicester 1m 2f clm (5) sft in Sept beating No To Trident (8-9) by a ns, 12 ran.
Outlandish 12-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, prominent, short of room on stand side rail and checked over 3f out, never dangerous final 2f, 10th of 14, 12l behind Taikoo (8-10) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp (4) sft in Sept.
Lunar Promise (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, soon one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Rowan Rio (9-4) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Tilapia (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, 9th of 13, 6l behind Mixing (8-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sept.
Olimpo (FR) 4-1 (9-9) Led, headed over 3f out, chased leader to over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 16l behind Ragdollianna (9-11) at Warwick 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Awatuki (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened rapidly, tailed off, 9th of 10, 34l behind Buster Hyvonen (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Mr Napoleon (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Keen, held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sept beating Vinces (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
It's A Date 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, driven and stayed on final 2f, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind The Oil Magnate (8-12) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Sept.
Optimus (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 17, 8l behind Alsadaa (10-5) at Ascot 1m 4f amt hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Double Spectre (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, plenty to do straight, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 17, 14l behind Alsadaa (10-5) at Ascot 1m 4f amt hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Can Can Star 20-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace approaching final furlong, 8th of 15, 16l behind Princess Flame (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp (5) gs in Sept.
Night Orbit 25-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 15, 24l behind Lindy Lou (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcap (5) gd in Sept.
Chicken George (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 15, 14l behind Princess Flame (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp (5) gs in Sept.
Serious Choice (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Hucking Heat (10-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f amt hcp 0-80 (5) gs.
Mistress Eva 5-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 5f out, 5th of 6, 22l behind Fearless Warrior (8-11) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) sft in Sept.
Captain Mainwaring 8-1 (8-7) Chased leader until 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 41l behind Kiribati King (8-13) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sept.