Vermont sets a decent standard though has been a shade disappointing since only beaten a length on debut at Sandown. MUSADDAS pulled much too hard on his first start at Lingfield and didn't handle the course very well either but still showed a bit of promise and should have plenty more to offer. He's a viable alternative to the likely favourite and looks the stable pick ahead of newcomer Desert Skies. Aomen Rock was runner-up at Kempton last time but Arms returns from a lengthy absence and Sensiz and Zeteah may need more time.
Roger Thorpe 40-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon chased leader, led halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, no chance with easy winner, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Blighty (9-5) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Aomen Rock 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Appease (9-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Arms (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 15l behind Enobled (9-0) at Goodwood 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Deserving Honour Street Cry colt out of Nahoodh.
Duke of Grazeon (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Prominent, led over 7f out, headed over 6f out, tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Quest For More (9-2) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Musaddas 3-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and went right start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and went 3rd 1f out, one pace and no impression, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Stanlow 40-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 12, 16l behind Satwa Story (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Vermont (IRE) 5-6fav (9-5) Reared start and missed break, took keen hold, soon in touch, led narrowly 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Innsbruck (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Bethan 66-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 14l behind Empress Adelaide (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) hvy in Sep.
Desert Skies (IRE) New Approach filly out of Park Romance.
Rowlestone Lass 80-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 9, 18l behind Song Of Snowdon (9-0) at Ffos Las 1m mdn auc stks (5) gs in Aug.
Sensiz (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 13th of 15, 30l behind Mar Mar (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Nov.
Zeteah 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, well beaten over 1f out, 7th of 10, 19l behind Duchess Of Seville (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.