Miss Lahar has won a Listed event at Naas on fast ground and can be forgiven a below-par effort in soft going at Newbury. She still finished ahead of Angels Will Fall last time while Winning Express has been in fine form over 7f of late. German raider Gracia Directa has won in this country before and has every chance on this season's placed efforts at York and Haydock but HOPES N DREAMS is a progressive mare stepping up to pattern company having won five times already this year. Her latest victory at Hamilton was her best effort yet and Kevin Ryan's charge gets the vote. Mince keeps coming up short but is not easily dismissed and neither is The Gold Cheongsam.
Miss Lahar 20-1 (8-11) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Maarek (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Winning Express (IRE) 11-4 (8-10) Held up, headway to chase leaders halfway, pushed along and every chance over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Nargys (8-10) at Doncaster 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs in Sep.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Raced near side, held up in last pair, ridden and no progress over 1f out, never involved, 9th of 13, 6l behind Maarek (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Finesse 9-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, closed over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon edged left and quickened clear, eased close home, won at Ffos Las 6f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Abated (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Gracia Directa (GER) (9-2) 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Best Regards (8-11) at Hoppegarten(GER) 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 5-2 (8-5) Made all under stands side rail, ridden and ran on, comfortable, won at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) gs in Sep beating El Manati (8-3) by 3l, 6 ran.
La Fortunata 12-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 5l behind Ladyship (9-7) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Links Drive Lady 25-1 (9-1) In touch center group, switched to stand side group over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 27, 9l behind Ancient Cross (9-10) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Minalisa 15-2 (8-9) Towards rear and pushed along, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 3l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Mince 7-2fav (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 12, hd behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Jubilante 3-1fav (9-1) Held up in touch, headway under pressure on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep beating Love Island (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Maid A Million 8-1 (8-3) Raced stand side tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, driven and ran on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Can You Conga (7-11) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Midnight Flower (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Raced under stand side rail tracked winner, ridden 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 8, 2l behind La Fortunata (8-13) at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Reqaaba 7-1 (8-1) In rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Ladyship (9-7) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep.
The Gold Cheongsam (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Annecdote (8-10) at Goodwood 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.