Only a head separated Justice Day and Expert at Doncaster last time. The latter is a pound better off here so there should be little to choose between the pair again but FIGURE OF THE SPEECH looks the pick of the weights. Not beaten far in the Group 2 Mill Reef at Newbury 11 days ago, we'll take a chance that a visor sharpens him up sufficiently to land this. Complicit and Desert Ace are on the up but this looks a big ask and Finflash's only victory so far came in a 5f maiden at Chepstow so he's also likely to struggle.
Justice Day (IRE) 9-4 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, battle gamely towards finish, just held post, 2nd of 5, shd behind Lightning Thunder (8-8) at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (2) gs in Sep.
Complicit (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Awkward start and rider lost iron, soon recovered, mid-division, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Genuine Quality (9-0) by nk, 11 ran.
Desert Ace (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Keen made all, set steady pace, ridden and ran on final furlong, comfortable, won at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep beating Invoke (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Expert (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 5, hd behind Lightning Thunder (8-8) at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (2) gs in Sep.
Figure Of Speech (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Steadied start, held up in touch, headway near side over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, hung left and not look keen inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Supplicant (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) sft in Sep.
Finflash (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened soon after, 13th of 21, 13l behind Morning Post (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gs in Sep.