ZELOS DIKTATOR won over hurdles last month and his recent efforts on the Polytrack at Kempton earn him the vote in such a weak race. A case can also be made for stablemate and C&D winner Finch Flyer, but he's having his first run since January, while Galloping Queen has been given a chance by the handicapper on her first start for Sheena West. Dolly Colman has been running well over a longer trip at this track recently and Fastada could figure on the best of her placed form.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Settled in mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon hard driven, stayed on well final furlong, won at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep '10 beating Little Meadow (8-7) by 3l, 12 ran.
Zelos Diktator 11-2 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong until closing stages, 4th of 14, 2l behind Fifty Cents (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Visions of Johanna (USA) 7-1 (9-13) Towards rear, pushed along on inside over 2f out, no progress, 10th of 14, 12l behind My Mate Jake (9-11) at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Silent Applause 25-1 (8-8) Behind, driven and headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 9l behind Cheddar George (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Beauchamp Xiara 18-1 (8-11) Close up, lost place over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 8l behind Princess Gail (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Chantilly Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Prominent, lost place 9f out, ridden over 4f out, well held final 2f, 10th of 15, 14l behind Arctic Maiden (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Corlough Mountain 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, came stands side over 3f out, soon outpaced, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Abigails Angel (9-6) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
So Is She (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Started slowly, always behind, 9th of 12, 17l behind Arkaim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Galloping Queen (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Held up in 6th, ridden and hung left inside final 2f, plugged on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Safari Team (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Fastada (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Close up, chased clear leader over 2f out until over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 10l behind Blue Cossack (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Laffraaj (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Hygrove Welshlady (9-2) at Warwick 1m 5f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Dolly Colman (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, headway over 6f out, soon chasing leader, hung right over 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Fairling (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.