The booking of Paul Hanagan for SHALLOW BAY looks significant and he can make a winning handicap debut. Having shaped nicely behind Conduct at Sandown, Walter Swinburn's son of Shamardal now goes handicapping off a mark of 73. Titivation is a similar prospect having impressed at Nottingham when seeing off a Luca Cumani improver but her mark is 4lb higher, The Caped Crusader chases a hat-trick with soft ground a major positive, whilst Jamie Spencer is back on board Think Its All Over who is of more interest now back over ten furlongs. The jockey bookings suggest that Richard Fahey may not be too confident of winning this race for the second year in a row, and bigger dangers may be Christmas Light (with market support) or the wildly in-form Hail Bold Chief.
Blues Music (IRE) 28-1 (8-9) Bumped start and aways behind, 15th of 16, 25l behind Conduct (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost place, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 12l behind Little Scotland (8-6) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Miss Antonia (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division on outside, ridden and effort 3f out to over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 33l behind All Annalena (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) sft in Sep.
Ejteyaaz 14-1 (7-12) Always behind, never a factor, 9th of 12, 24l behind Opera Gal (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Sep.
Path Of Peace 5-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Hamloola (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Syrian 14-1 (9-0) Dropped out start, held up in rear, hampered on inside over 5f out, shaken up and effort over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 7l behind Quick Wit (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Take It To The Max 18-1 (8-8) Tracked leader to over 5f out, in touch, ridden over 1f out, gradually weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 7l behind Licence To Till (8-6) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Titivation 2-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd inside final 2f, soon ridden and edged left, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep beating Launchpad (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Think Its All Over (USA) 25-1 (8-0) Took keen hold, mostly tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 3f out, no impression over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 16, 19l behind The Fonz (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
The Caped Crusader (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) Mid-division on outside, headway 4f out, not much room when switched right to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep beating Kingdom Of Munster (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Layla's Dancer 25-1 (7-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 21l behind Opera Gal (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Sep.
Christmas Light 12-1 (7-13) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Oriental Scot (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Hail Bold Chief (USA) 17-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, just held on last strides, won at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep beating Dream On Buddy (9-5) by ns, 9 ran.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Dwelt, soon ridden to chase leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, 9th of 10, 7l behind Desert Romance (9-2) at Naas 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Monkton Vale (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Prominent on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1 out, 8th of 10, 19l behind Blissful Moment (9-5) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Shallow Bay 4-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 3l behind Conduct (9-3) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Law To Himself (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Mid-division on inside, lost place 5f out, headway under pressure on inside to chase leaders 2f out, driven and kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 4th of 8, 6l behind The Caped Crusader (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Cherry Bee 16-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 1f out, faded, 6th of 9, 9l behind Hamloola (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Southern Cape (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, not pace to challenge, 7th of 11, 4l behind Flag Of Glory (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Beneath 7-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Flag Of Glory (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.