RIO GRANDE stands out here. He never recovered from a tardy start over the minimum trip at York last time, but finished a close-up sixth in a blanket finish over today's distance at Newmarket before that and this is less competitive. Gulf Storm did better at Haydock last time and can figure, but Heidi's Delight and Talya's Storm were both well beaten at Nottingham in August when the former finished five lengths ahead of today's rival. Spykes Bay makes more appeal than fellow newcomer Champagne Reefing.
Champagne Reefing (USA) Van Nistelrooy colt out of Wewantitall.
Gulf Storm (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, led after 1f, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Ballesteros (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Rio Grande 11-10fav (9-0) Chased leaders, headway to challenge halfway, soon under pressure and weakened, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Pea Shooter (9-3) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Sep.
Spykes Bay (USA) Speightstown colt out of She's A Rich Girl.
Talya's Storm 14-1 (8-10) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden 3f out, wandered right over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Point Made (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Dream Lioness 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Elusive Bonus (8-1) at Ripon 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gs in Aug.
Heidi's Delight (IRE) 80-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden 3f out, soon beaten, 7th of 10, 14l behind Beau Mistral (8-12) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.