Guest Of Honour made a promising start when fourth at Kempton while there should be more to come from Mutaaleq, who cost 480,000gns and was very green on his Polytrack debut. A'Juba was only beaten a nose at Newmarket on his second start but then surprisingly beaten at Newcastle which suggests he may be vulnerable if encountering above-average opposition. Pivotal colt Kept should be winning soon, especially when the ground is soft, but we were really taken with BISHOP'S CASTLE's first run at Nottingham last week where he led at the furlong pole before lack of condition told. Providing this doesn't come too soon, Mark Johnston's colt can get off the mark here.
A'juba Evensfav (9-3) Tracked leaders, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, not able to get level, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Sigurwana (8-12) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Bishop's Castle (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra, 4th of 15, 7l behind Viewpoint (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs.
Crossley 22-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 10l behind Annie Walker (9-2) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 14, 6l behind Net Whizz (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Kept 13-8 (9-3) Held up mid-division, chased winner over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Danchai (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep.
Mutaaleq (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) In touch, pushed along and kept on same pace final 2f, 6th of 11, 10l behind Ustura (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug.
Quan (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt soon switched right, raced wide held up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 38l behind Planetex (9-3) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Touching History (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) In touch, pushed along halfway, soon ridden and beaten, 9th of 12, 18l behind Albert Tatlock (9-3) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Urbonite (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 7th of 12, 18l behind Self Employed (9-7) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Anqooda (USA) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, no extra entering final furlong, 4th of 9, 12l behind Estemaala (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Donatia 33-1 (8-12) Always in rear, struggling from halfway, last of 6, dis behind Everlong (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo fll stks (5) gs in Sep.
Poppanella (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, behind, soon detatched, never a factor, 8th of 9, 23l behind Avon Breeze (8-12) at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.