Ivanhoe's close-up third at Chepstow last time is probably the best piece of form here and that, at least, shows he'll handle the ground, though Kempton fourth Ravens Nest probably has more scope. But they don't set a particularly high standard and it would be no surprise if one of the newcomers came out on top in this. Andrew Balding runs the Montjeu colt Prairie Ranger and he's worth noting for market support but Ralph Beckett may hold the key as he saddles both Hello Sailor and SIZZLER. The former may need a bit further and jockey bookings suggest the latter may prove best today. He's a full brother to the very useful Gitano Hernando and can make a winning debut.
Al Zein 15-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind George Cinq (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Eton Rambler (USA) 40-1 (9-3) Mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 15, 7l behind Kerbaaj (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Hello Sailor Mount Nelson gelding out of Fairy Queen.
Ivanhoe 11-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance when not much room and squeezed out inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Jebril (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug.
Karl Marx (IRE) 150-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 15, 17l behind Laughing Rock (8-7) at Leicester 7f 2yo sll (6) gd in Sep.
Plutocracy (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Raced centre, slowly away always in rear, 17th of 19, 25l behind Seek Again (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Prairie Ranger Montjeu colt out of No Frills.
Ravens Nest 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair in 4th, pushed along 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th final stride, 4th of 6, 9l behind Lord Provost (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Shining Cross (IRE) 80-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride soon in touch, outpaced halfway, last of 8, 37l behind Lord of The Garter (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Sizzler Hernando colt out of Gino's Spirits.
Divine Angel 50-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, hung left 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 6l behind Mandy's Boy (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) hvy.