It's very late in the year to be making a first appearance but debutants Rockalong, Albasharah and Zeyran all have nice pedigrees and represent powerful yards. BIG JOHNNY D wasn't beaten far in a competitive contest over this trip on soft ground at Newmarket in July before finding 1m4f too far at HQ at the end of last month. He can finally shed his maiden tag here with Claude Monet proving equally difficult to win with. The latter had every chance when beaten at odds-on at Pontefract last time. Indian Petal was fourth at Wolverhampton in April but hasn't been seen since while Omar Khayyam needs to improve on a well-beaten fourth at Epsom if he's to get involved.
Big Johnny D (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Bumped start in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 14, 20l behind Saytara (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Extremely Alert 50-1 (9-3) Dwelt always in rear, outpaced over 2f out, soon behind, last of 10, well behind Lashyn (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Italian Riviera 16-1 (9-3) Broke well, gradually steadied towards rear, under pressure 4f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 27l behind Maori Dancer (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Merevale 40-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 20l behind Embankment (9-3) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) sft.
Omar Khayyam 10-1 (9-3) Slowly away, well in rear, headway 2f out, stayed on to 4th inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 16l behind Sunpass (9-3) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Perforce Sir Percy gelding out of Enforce.
Rockalong (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of High Spot.
Speedy Star (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along and improved 7f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 41l behind Estemaala (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Albasharah (USA) Arch filly out of Desert Gold.
Indian Petal 3-1 (8-9) Dwelt towards rear, wide and good headway entering final 2f, edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Bon Allumage (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol in Apr.
Indie Wonder 66-1 (8-12) Mostly chased leadr until over 4f out, soon pushed along chasing leaders, weakening when not much room approaching final 2f, 10th of 11, 15l behind Red Hand (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Minty Fox 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear, modereate headway final 2f, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 6th of 11, 4l behind Red Hand (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Miss Fortywinks 20-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed approaching 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Natural Bloom (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) hvy in Sep.
Zeyran (IRE) Galileo filly out of Chervil.
Claude Monet 8-13fav (8-4) Close up and keen, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Muharrer (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.