The market is always key in such contests and that looks to be especially the case here with a number of stables with good bumper records on show. The formbook says that MIXOLOGIST is the one to beat after a pleasing first effort here behind Hannibal The Great when backed in to favouritism. That would suggest he's well thought of and he sets the standard at this stage. Megzzams Boy was also the subject of fair support on debut when a well-beaten seventh behind Westward Point so it would come as no surprise to see the Longsdon charge improve notably on that initial effort. Days Gone By, Viva Steve and Fountains Mary all represent yards capable of readying one first time up in this sphere and all should be carefully noted in the market.
Days Gone By Kayf Tara gelding out of Nuzzle.
I'm A College Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Took keen hold towards rear, pushed along and struggling 5f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 24l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Megzzams Boy (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Held up, ridden 8f out, no chance with leaders 5f out, 7th of 11, 34l behind Westward Point (11-10) at Worcester 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Oct.
Mixologist 2-1fav (11-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, led over 1f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Hannibal The Great (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Mulligan Alflora gelding out of Rainbow Fountain.
Sharp Suit (IRE) Milan gelding out of True Blade.
Viva Steve (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Eluna.
Fountains Mary Midnight Legend filly out of Carswell Mayfly Vii.