A very competitive handicap with the weights headed by a consistent sort in Willow Beck. She's been raised a further 2lb since her latest third at Newmarket, however, and appears to be in the handicapper's grip now. Super Say goes well here but, like Hydrant, is also high enough in the weights and more interesting is the hat-trick-seeking Dolphin Village and stablemate Manchestar. Theodore Gericault was only fourth behind Willow Beck in August but there are possibilities about LYRIC BALLAD. She didn't enjoy the heavy ground at Sandown last time but still finished ahead of Penny Rose and her form on a quicker surface looks as good as anything in this field. She is taken to get back to winning ways.
Willow Beck 4-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Phaenomena (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Super Say (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 19, 13l behind Cosmic Halo (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Hydrant 16-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 18l behind Swiftly Done (9-7) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Cashpoint 8-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway on outside and hung left on camber over 1f out, stayed on to 4th final 110 yards, not pace to threaten, 4th of 10, 2l behind Weapon Of Choice (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Theodore Gericault (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and carried head awkwardly over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 7l behind Willow Beck (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Dolphin Village (IRE) 4-1 (7-11) Led early, prominent, led again over 1f out, stayed on well, readily, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Tinseltown (7-11) by 2l, 9 ran.
Penny Rose 10-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Lyric Ballad 8-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and every chance, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Invincible Cara (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Mahican (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Thecornishcowboy 7-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside 3f out, chased leaders and ridden over 1f out, plugging on same pace when not much room on rails inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Bold Duke (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Manchestar 6-1 (8-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden when not much room 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Markttag 10-1 (9-5) Held up in touch in 5th, went 4th over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd close home, never any chance with easy winner, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Euston Square 4-1fav (11-0) Very slowly away, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 27l behind Ailsa Craig (10-6) at Haydock 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Sep.
Candyman Can (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) In touch, chased leaders over 3f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Layline (9-4) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Claude Monet 20-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong,, 8th of 11, 6l behind Exclusive Waters (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.