The softer the ground the better for Maarek but he didn't shown much on his first start for new handler Barry Lalor and is undoubtedly better over an extra furlong. STEPS is in fine form and was only beaten a nose by Angels Will Fall in last week's Portland Handicap. He is 2lb better off here and can turn the tables and take this step up in grade in his stride though Stepper Point and York Glory are both viable alternatives. Only a neck separated the pair in the Beverley Bullet with the latter meeting trouble in-running and finishing strongly. Kingsgate Native and Tickled Pink have both been taking on top-class sprinters but the former is quirky and carries a penalty while the latter also needs things to go her way. They both finished ahead of York Glory and Caledonia Lady at York last month however. Miss Lahar won a Listed race at Naas in July but this is more competitive.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Jwala (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Ballesteros 100-1 (9-4) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, last of 19, 15l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Jimmy Styles 5-1 (9-12) Prominent, pushed along in 2nd 2f out, dropped to 7th and no extra 1f out, 14th of 16, 8l behind Hitchens (9-9) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Judge 'n Jury 14-1 (9-11) Led stand side trio, ridden inside final furlong, kept on and held by centre group leaders, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Justineo (9-11) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gs.
Maarek 6-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, never really a factor, 11th of 13, 8l behind Russian Soul (9-5) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Stepper Point 10-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden entering final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug beating York Glory (9-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Steps (IRE) 11-2fav (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 21, ns behind Angels Will Fall (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs.
Tickled Pink (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Prominent near side, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Jwala (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
York Glory (USA) 11-4fav (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on well, not reach winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Close up, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs beating Steps (9-7) by ns, 21 ran.
Caledonia Lady 10-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 12th of 15, 10l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Demora 12-1 (9-0) Quickly away, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd final 135 yards, no extra in 4th in closing stages, 4th of 17, 1 3/4l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Miss Lahar 15-2 (9-5) Prominent, improved to dispute lead and ridden 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, edged ahead close home, won at Naas 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul beating Minalisa (9-5) by hd, 11 ran.
Place In My Heart 10-1 (8-11) 9th of 16, 11l behind Myasun (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.