HIGHLAND ACCLAIM looks the one to beat in this. A creditable fifth in a Class 2 race at Newmarket last month, Andrew Balding's charge should be opening his account in this with a similar effort. A rating of 89 puts him way ahead of the likes of Miss Acclaimed and Llyrical so the less-exposed Lexington Abbey may prove a bigger threat back on quicker ground. Baltic Brave and Conflicting come from winning families and make most appeal of the newcomers.
Baltic Brave (IRE) Baltic King colt out of Negria.
Conflicting Kyllachy colt out of Piper's Ash.
Geniusinrhyme 66-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outer, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 17l behind Les Gar Gan (9-0) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Jul.
Highland Acclaim (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 15, 4l behind Toofi (8-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Lexington Abbey 9-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along to lead over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Red Stargazer (8-11) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Sep.
Llyrical 9-2 (9-6) In touch, every chance over 1f out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Golden Spear (9-5) at Chepstow 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Urban Sanctuary 33-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 15l behind Extremity (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Miss Acclaimed 10-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 10, 14l behind Pupil (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 2yo mdn (3) gs in Sep.
Strike A Light Dutch Art filly out of Bridal Path.