Sky Ranger was still beaten seven lengths when runner-up at Southwell last month so preference goes to WHISPERING STAR. She went very close over 1m2f at Kempton on her latest start and can open her account in this similar company. Needs The Run is not the most consistent but has claims on his placed form while Dover The Moon should finish closer stepping up in trip with a recent run at Kempton under his belt. The remainder are hard to fancy.
Sky Ranger (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Prominent 2f, in touch in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, no threat to winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Day Star Lad (9-5) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Dover The Moon (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, never involved, 11th of 14, 7l behind Desert Colours (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Bikini Club 150-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place before halfway, 8th of 10, 12l behind Nirva (9-0) at Leicester 7f mdn fll stks (5) gs.
Aldreth 50-1 (8-9) Held up, took keen hold, never better than mid-division, 10th of 15, 9l behind Mayfield Boy (8-9) at York 1m 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Oct.
Whispering Star (USA) 11-10fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Enquiring (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Company Secretary (USA) 66-1 (8-13) Raced wide early, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Crystal Lake (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (4) pol in Mar.
Needs The Run 7-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 11, 13l behind Next Stop (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Vosne Romanee 16-1 (8-9) Slow into stride held up, ridden halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 7l behind Stoney Quine (9-7) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Halloween Moon 66-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3f out, 11th of 12, 31l behind Comino (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Sep.