Cristal Spirit stays the trip and has gone close in soft going before while Harmonise was in good form on the Flat before well beaten over hurdles last time. But SHAMBRA has won twice on the level and is back on a winning mark. She also scored in heavy going over hurdles under Maxime Tissier last year and may be the one to side with. Age Of Wisdom won on a fast surface over track and trip back in May though Playa Blanca will handle the underfoot conditions.
Argus (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Led, ridden 2f out, soon headed and weakened, 7th of 10, 8 1/4l behind All Yours (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Roar (IRE) 10-3 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 17l behind Flood Defence (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp (5) hvy in Aug.
Master Grey (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened well over 2f out, 9th of 12, 23 3/4l behind Jacob Cats (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Pumblechook 25-1 (9-12) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression on winner, 4th of 9, 8 1/2l behind Mister Chiang (9-4) at Southwell 2m hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Cristal Spirit 11-2 (9-1) Tracked leader until ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, went 2nd last strides, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Land Of Oz (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp (3) pol in Sep.
Be My Sea (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 12 1/2l behind Maid In Manhattan (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Oct.
Harmonise 6-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, jumped left from 3rd, hit 4 out, lost place when ridden after next, no danger after, weakened flat, 5th of 6, 27l behind Zamperini (10-9) at Plumpton 2m hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Playa Blanca (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway when not much room after 3 out, no impression, 11th of 15, 27 3/4l behind Legal History (10-4) at Ascot 2m hcp fll (2) gd in Mar.
Sioux Frontier (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, never threatened leaders, 10th of 15, 11 1/4l behind Dreams And Visions (9-4) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Age Of Wisdom (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Slow into stride, in touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 9 3/4l behind Anyonecanhaveitall (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Shambra (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Soon pressing leader, led 9f out, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Joie De Vivre (9-13) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp fll (5) sft in Jun.