There’s little between these at the weights but it was fast ground when Tulfarris went close in a similar contest over track and trip last month with Trolius back in third. That was the latter’s first start since February and better is expected today but Lush Life is another with something to prove on soft going having only managed fifth in a handicap here last time. Herculean represents last year’s winning connections but is dropping down in distance so SAWWAAH is taken to return to form. He’s fitted with blinkers after a couple of below-par efforts but was only beaten a head at Newmarket when last racing on soft ground and should go close again with a similar effort.
Herculean 6-4fav (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 9 3/4l behind Victory Command (9-11) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (3) pol in Aug.
Lush Life (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, in touch in rear, driven and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind She's Got You (8-11) at Ascot 1m hcp fll (2) gf in Sep.
Mr Top Hat 12-1 (9-1) Tracked winner until pushed along over 3f out, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 14 1/4l behind Epaulement (10-0) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Sawwaah 14-1 (9-11) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, last of 9, 22 3/4l behind Ayutthaya (9-2) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (3) sft in Sep.
Fox Leicester (IRE) 18-1 (8-9) Restless in stalls, steadied and switched right start, held up and always in rear, last of 12, 21 3/4l behind Land Of Legends (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Model Guest 40-1 (8-13) Always in rear, last of 12, 9 1/4l behind Dubai Legacy (9-6) at Newmarket 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Mostawaa 6-1 (9-7) Pressed winner until over 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 3/4l behind Attainment (9-9) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Target Zone 12-1 (9-13) Raced wide keen tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7 1/4l behind Ironclad (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Trolius (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up tracking leaders in 4th, going for run between horses when hampered over 1f out, switched left and ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Ebury (8-12) at Ascot 1m stks (3) gf in Sep.
Tulfarris 11-2 (8-12) Held up in last pair, headway towards centre over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Ebury (8-12) at Ascot 1m stks (3) gf in Sep.