Azrur's last victory was over the course and distance last summer and he's only 2lb higher. He's been racing in better company and has to be on the shortlist. Meet Me Halfway won a couple of minor races at Yarmouth and couldn't cope with a 9lb rise at Epsom while Secret Success has gained all four of his victories on Polytrack and has been placed just once in seven starts on Turf. Front Page News has run better than her finishing positions suggests in her last two starts and can get involved but the vote goes to ATHLETIC, who won a handicap over track and trip very easily before finding a mile just beyond him a week later.
Azrur (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 5l behind Shore Step (9-9) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd on inside 3f out, pressing leader when hung left off rail over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 13l behind Homage (9-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Meet Me Halfway 5-1 (9-8) Steadied start, held up towards rear, never involved, 8th of 9, 6l behind Kosika (9-11) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Firmdecisions (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Chased winner 2f, chased leading pair, no impression when lost 3rd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Kosika (9-11) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Yair Hill (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always behind, 18th of 19, 19l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Lunar Deity 16-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 5l behind Clockmaker (9-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Front Page News 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway entering final furlong, no impression, 7th of 9, 5l behind Stealth Missile (9-1) at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Jul.
Athletic 2-1fav (9-6) Raced far side, held up, headway 2f out, led overall on bit over 1f out, ridden and edged right final furlong, no extra and headed near finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Specialty (9-6) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Powerful Pierre 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader after 1f, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Light From Mars (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Red Aggressor (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 1f out, hung left and weakened final furlong, last of 4, 5l behind Peace Seeker (9-2) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug '13.
Secret Success 6-4fav (9-12) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 7f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Jul beating Hierarch (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Man In The Arena 20-1 (8-13) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 14, 5l behind Miami Gator (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.