A competitive end to proceedings where AKHMATOVA is the suggestion. The Cape Cross-filly is dropped back in trip today and that can prove the catalyst to success. She is nicely treated at the weights and acted well on Lingfield's Polytrack when taking a 10f handicap there, so there is plenty of cause for optimism. Aultcharn is drawn next door and has shown ability in maidens, though he has a bit to prove from this mark in a handicap. Stevie Gee has won from higher than today's pitch but is not guaranteed to see this out if they go a genuine gallop, while Hidden Glory has to be much respected under a 6lb penalty for his Kempton success. Standpoint and Willow Dancer are others with claims. (Jonathan Doidge)
Hidden Glory 8-1 (8-10) Chased leader, led 5f out, headed inside final 3f, chased leader, led again 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep beating Anacopa (9-10) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Standpoint 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, switched right and effort well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Regeneration (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Ahlawy (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 9, 16l behind Arizona John (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Charlie Smirke (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, raced stands side from over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 13, 40l behind Alazan (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Hurricane Hymnbook (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Held up, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 10l behind Night Lily (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Bond City (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 18l behind Scrapper Smith (8-9) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Cool Hand Jake 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 15l behind Night Lily (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Stevie Gee (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced centre, behind, some late headway, never troubled leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Mirza (9-5) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Akhmatova 8-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd final 120 yards, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Dubai Crest (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Robust Wish (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Always behind, pushed along halfway, struggling after, last of 12, 16l behind Hidden Glory (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Aultcharn (FR) 4-1 (9-3) Unruly stalls, led, steadied pace halfway, quickened 3f out, driven and hung right from 2f out, kept on under strong pressure until headed and no extra final 150 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Official Style (9-3) at Windsor 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Willow Dancer (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Soon crossed over to press leader, led over 2f out, soon hung left but stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong until caught last strides, 2nd of 12, hd behind Oh So Saucy (9-4) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Exceedingly Bold 33-1 (9-4) Went left start, mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 28l behind Another Try (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.