A Little Bit Dusty steps up in trip in search of a hat-trick and should be thereabouts but Rythmic makes more appeal after beating the re-opposing Peachez over C&D last time. Foster's Road scored over timber on his latest start though is 7lb higher than when winning at Nottingham in August, but Passion Planet has a shout on his earlier win at Newcastle. However, ICEBUSTER caught the eye staying on well for third over 1m4f in better company at Kempton last time and gets the vote today as the longer trip should suit.
A Little Bit Dusty 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 4f out, driven to lead over 2f out, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct beating Boa (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Icebuster 10-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not clear run and switched left 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on, went 3rd post, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Enthusiastic (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Peachez 14-1 (9-9) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway on outside over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Rythmic (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Raktiman (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Record Breaker (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct '11.
Star Date (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to lead after 1f, ridden and heade dover 3f out, soon hampered and weakened, eased when beaten final furlong, tailed off, last of 10, 36l behind Nicholascopernicus (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Rythmic 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, redily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Peachez (9-9) by 1l, 12 ran.
Passion Planet (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Aleksandar (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Scarlet Belle 7-1 (8-6) Ran in snatches mid-division, ridden over 3f out, not much room over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 6l behind Jennifer J (8-6) at Yarmouth 1m 3f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Foster's Road 7-2 (9-11) Slowly away in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 15l behind Scripturist (7-9) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Led early, in touch on inside, switched right and effort over 2f out, soon bumped, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind Castilo Del Diablo (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.