RHOMBUS looks a very progressive sort and appeared to relish the step back up in trip at Thirsk when easily beating a good yardstick. He is fancied to defy an 8lb weight rise ahead of Leicester scorer Hassle and the lightly-raced filly Alegra, who tries 1m4f for the first time. Bantam won't go down without a fight, however, as she's already won over course and distance and at Salisbury this year while She's Late wasn't beaten far when joint favourite at Newbury last month having won over the trip at Newmarket in August.
Rhombus (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out in 5th place, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep beating War Poet (9-11) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bantam (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, driven and effort over 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on, 3rd and held towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Miss Dashwood (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Tinshu (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 3f out, edged left 2f out, weakened soon after, 13th of 15, 5l behind Pasaka Boy (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Jupiter Storm 14-1 (9-9) Led, soon clear, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 6l behind Autun (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Hassle (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Maraweh (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Alegra 5-4fav (9-6) In touch, driven and headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, ran on well, 2nd of 7, nk behind Close At Hand (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
She's Late 7-2fav (8-10) Towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden to chase leading pair entering final 2f, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Sula Two (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Slowly into stide, held up in mid-divsion, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, no danger after, 7th of 10, 6l behind Weapon Of Choice (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Starwatch 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 10th of 15, 4l behind Pasaka Boy (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Aldwick Bay (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Took keen hold tracking leader, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 15l behind Hi Note (9-13) at Newbury 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Pitchoun (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Led until over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, virtually pulled up, moderate 4th, last of 4, well behind Miss Cap Estel (8-9) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.