Several of these have endured a hard season; so with that in mind, a chance is taken that Ralph Beckett has Come On Jonny on the ball for his belated reappearance and he can confirm his superiority over Group Captain, while Pevensey, Stotsfold and Peppertree Lane are others that are sure to be popular in the betting market. A move for the lightly weighted Rationale will also be dangerous to ignore, as Stuart Williams' charge has answered every question asked of him of late and he may not have stopped improving yet. This is a stiffer test than several of his previous starts though and, having been raised 23lb since the start of summer, he looks to be up against the wall in this company. Peppertree Lane has enjoyed himself since being upped in trip and obviously handles plenty of give underfoot. It would come as no surprise to see him ridden with more patience today and he will be very hard to keep out of the frame. Stotsfold is another that is creeping up the ratings and has to be respected. However, he does need to conclusively prove this sort of ground is to his liking and no half measure will be good enough this afternoon. Pevensey fully deserved his success here last time and looks sure to make a bold bid to repeat the effort. Group Captain (1lb better off with Pevensey) has done well for Roger Charlton this season and should again be capable of making the rest aware of his presence. However, Come On Jonny is sure to represent a touch more value at the likely odds and, having won on more testing ground than this in the past, Beckett's charge presents a good case from a punting perspective. A late maturing type, Come On Jonny will have very little to find to brush aside top weight if he has strengthened up over the last six months.
Come On Jonny (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) Made all, pushed along 3f out, clear over 1f out, pushed out final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-110 (2) hvy in Nov beating Akarem (9-3) by 7l, 21 ran.
Hearthstead Wings 25-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 9l behind Pevensey (8-8) at Ascot 1m 4f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Stotsfold 4-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Sept beating Salute Him (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Tiger Tiger (FR) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, never dangerous, 13th of 14, 36l behind Degas Art (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f lst stk (1) sft in Sept.
Peppertree Lane (IRE) 15-8fav (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, driven and headed entering final furlong, rallied gamely near finish, 3rd of 13, nk behind Pevensey (8-8) at Ascot 1m 4f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Pevensey (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcap (2) gs in Sept beating Group Captain (9-4) by a nk, 13 ran.
Purple Moon (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway and edged left well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Stotsfold (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Sept.
Red Lancer 12-1 (9-2) In touch, not clear run on inner over 2f out, not quicken when saw daylight, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 7l behind Blue Bajan (9-2) at Ascot 1m 2f stk 0-90 (3) sft in Sept.
St Savarin (FR) 8-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden along over 3f out, stayed on final furlong, 8th of 16, 6l behind Tees Components (10-0) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sept.
Macorville (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, led 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sept beating Cool Customer (9-2) by a nk, 7 ran.
Alessano 4-1 (9-11) Led, headed after 1f, stayed in touch, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, 4th of 7, 20l behind Lets Roll (9-6) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sept.
Diego Cao (IRE) 7-2 (8-3) Held up, headway 4f out, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Gavroche (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Zaif (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Mid-division, not clear run 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Blue Bajan (9-2) at Ascot 1m 2f stk 0-90 (3) sft in Sept.
Beau Nash (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 2f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, kept on well for clear 2nd, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Bauer (9-0) at Newbury 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sept.
Rationale (IRE) 3-1jt-fav (7-12) Led, headed 9f out, chased leader after, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, stayed on, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sept beating Duty (8-8) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bravo Maestro (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Pulled hard towards rear, good headway over 1f out, ran on well final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Pinpoint (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Sept.
Corran Ard (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sept beating Along The Nile (8-12) by a hd, 7 ran.
Group Captain 8-1 (9-4) Soon chasing leaders, went 2nd 2f out, soon every chance, hung right final furlong, always held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Pevensey (8-8) at Ascot 1m 4f hcap (2) gs in Sept.