This maiden doesn't look like it will take much winning and given that LAY CLAIM had such a promising debut we're on board with Sir Michael Stoute's runner in preference to Count Bertoni while Lost In The Moment is an interesting newcomer for Jeremy Noseda. A nose was the meagre margin that the pick went down by to a well bred Barry Hill's hotpot on debut and given he should come on for that run he has good claims on this contest with this an easier assignment. Count Bertoni hasn't quite lived up to his own promising debut in three runs since and is beginning to look exposed in this company. His form in context isn't that bad so he should be mounting a challenge. Lost In The Moment has a high-class pedigree but might be better as a three-year-old. That said there is enough in his bloodline to suggest he can go well over this trip at this stage in his life. Nothing else in this field makes much appeal and unless the one we've just mentioned proves to be a really good sort Lay Claim should do exactly that to this race.
Caldercruix (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, raced keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 33l behind Cono Zur (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Count Bertoni (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Unshakable Will (9-3) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Karaka Jack 66-1 (9-3) Raced stands side, held up in touch, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 22, 13l behind Oasis Dancer (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Lay Claim (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, disputed lead throughout, kept on well for hand riding throughout final furlong, just pipped, 2nd of 13, ns behind Critical Moment (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Lost In The Moment (IRE) Danehill Dancer colt out of Streetcar.
Meetings Man (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Musaafer (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Prince James Danroad colt out of Lawless Bridget.
Roman Sioux (IRE) Antonius Pius colt out of Blue Sioux.
Taste The Victory (USA) Victory Gallop gelding out of Tastetheteardrops.
Tewin Wood 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 14th of 16, 20l behind Destination Aim (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Aug.
Woldgate 100-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 9l behind Never The Waiter (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Batgirl Mark Of Esteem filly out of Serriera.
Ocean Rosie (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Mid-division, green and pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 15l behind Magic Doll (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Sep.