Fire Ship was a very easy winner on soft ground at Windsor last time but whether he's improved enough to defy a further 8lb rise in the weights is questionable. Ardmay beat Satanic Beat at Ayr in June but was behind Fire Ship at Newmarket subsequently and has been disappointing lately while Dubawi Island seems better on the Polytrack. Asatir has never raced on ground this soft and Thirsk second Mabaany also has to prove himself on the surface. Rio Grande's form is also on quicker going but he did run well in a decent handicap at Redcar last month and shouldn't be far away. LADY MACDUFF bounced back from a couple of disappointing efforts on good to firm to finish third over 1m1f at Epsom on good ground. This stiff mile should suit and she can land this ahead of recent winners Boots And Spurs and Hi There.
Asatir (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Position (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Fire Ship 15-8fav (9-5) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, driven clear inside final furlong, impressive, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug beating Roayh (9-11) by 8l, 7 ran.
Mabaany 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Trail Blaze (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Rio Grande 33-1 (9-5) Raced alone on far rail and slight lead overall, driven along 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd place, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 8l behind Sweetnessandlight (8-1) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Dubawi Island (FR) 9-2 (9-6) Chased leading trio, driven to challenge 2f out, 3rd and one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Shamir (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Ardmay (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) In touch in 4th place, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 9l behind Sweetnessandlight (8-1) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Lady Macduff (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 2f out, rallied towards finish, went 3rd final strides, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Dubai Sunshine (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Boots And Spurs 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leaders, headway to lead entering final furlong, edged left, ridden and ran on, won at Carlisle 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Sep beating Falcon's Reign (8-9) by 4l, 7 ran.
Hi There (IRE) 3-1fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway from halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Beverley 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Wahylah (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.