Four-year-olds have won seven of the nine renewals. Anya looks to have a tough task upped in class after winning over track and trip while though Spirit Raiser beat subsequent Haydock winner Early Morning over course and distance in June, he has been upped a further 8lb for winning again here last time with Georgian Bay and SI SENOR (NAP) behind. But the latter re-opposes on much better terms today and Ed Vaughan's charge is taken to add to his three earlier wins over track and trip. Mutawathea and Pearl Ice are not out of this and Secret Art is better than his latest effort behind Early Morning suggests.
Early Morning (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Tracked leading pair, 2nd 5f out, led 2f out, clear over 1f out, eased close home, won at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gf in Aug beating Manchestar (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mutawathea 5-1fav (9-11) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Goodwood 7f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Spirit Raiser (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, headway between horses 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, won going away, won at Kempton 1m hcp (3) pol in Aug beating Certificate (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Anya 5-1 (10-0) Held up in mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Jun beating Strong Steps (9-2) by nk, 14 ran.
Secret Art (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Tracked leader 3f, chased leaders, ridden and hung left over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 11 1/2l behind Early Morning (9-8) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Spirit Raiser (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (3) pol in Aug.
Pearl Ice 12-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, effort 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/4l behind Mitraad (9-11) at Newmarket 1m hcp (3) gf in Jul.
Si Senor (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 10, 9 1/2l behind Early Morning (9-8) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Quickly away, led 2f, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 9 1/2l behind Spirit Raiser (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (3) pol in Aug.
Miss Buckshot (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear and outpaced, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 24 1/2l behind Nakuti (9-0) at Pontefract 1m lst fll stks (1) gd in Jul.
Strong Steps 14-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and lost place 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 19, 30 1/4l behind My Dream Boat (9-0) at York 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Dutiful Son (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Outer Space (9-8) at Kempton 7f hcp (3) pol in Aug.
Cincuenta Pasos (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ran on well final furlong, led towards finish, won at Newmarket 7f hcp (4) gd in Jul beating Baltic Brave (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Jack Of Diamonds (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, sustained challenge final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Fleckerl (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Lawyer (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Held up, in last pair, in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and went 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Argaki (8-9) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Amood (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 9 1/2l behind Silvery Moon (9-12) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gf in Aug.