Ashdown Express has solid claims at the weights but would prefer a faster surface and preference is for Eisteddfod, who is taken to reverse Hamilton form with Bygone Days. The last mentioned put up a decent performance on his return to the UK when landing that conditions race last month by beating Fonthill Road by three-quarters of a length. The selection was a further two lengths further back in third place but is now 7lbs better off at the weight so has every chance of reversing form under ground conditions that suit ideally. Baltic King is back in his grade having run creditably in the Group 2 Diadem Stakes last time and makes more appeal than Tax Free, who has yet to recapture his best form. Fantasy Believer has been in the form of his life of late and has to be respected although this looks tougher for him, while Borderlescott has done little wrong of late and will relish any further rain that falls. The old campaigner Quito can be expected to run his usual good race but Eisteddfod may be worth another chance judged by his Hamilton run and he is preferred.
Fayr Jag (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Red Clubs (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sept.
Presto Shinko (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up, always in rear, last of 10, 7l behind Red Clubs (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sept.
Ashdown Express (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Held up, smooth headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Tax Free (9-0) at Goodwood 6f lst stk (1) gd in Sept.
Baltic King 4-1jt-fav (9-0) In touch, headway when not clear run approaching final furlong, ran on to take 2nd final strides, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Red Clubs (8-12) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sept.
Borderlescott (8-11) Led far side, came centre over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Strike Up The Band (8-11) at Chantilly 5f stk.
Bygone Days 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, quickened to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Hamilton 6f stk (2) gs in Sept beating Fonthill Road (8-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Eisteddfod 5-2 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Bygone Days (8-9) at Hamilton 6f stk (2) gs in Sept.
Fantasy Believer 12-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, switched left over 1f out, ridden and ran on to lead post, won at Newmarket 5f lst stk (1) gd in Sept beating Prince Tamino (8-11) by a shd, 13 ran.
Fullandby (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) In touch on far side, not clear run 2f out, switched left over 1f out and ran on, 2nd of 18, 1 1/2l behind All Ivory (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Great Britain 8-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 2f out, soon ridden, one pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind New Seeker (9-0) at Redcar 7f lst stk (1) gd in Sept.
Quito (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Stumbled start, held up, short-lived effort 2f out, eased final furlong, last of 8, 20l behind Stronghold (8-12) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sept.
Tax Free (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, led over 1f out, driven and ran on under pressure final furlong, won at Goodwood 6f lst stk (1) gd in Sept beating Ashdown Express (9-0) by a nk, 5 ran.
Bustin Justin (USA) 11-8fav (9-4) Led after 1f, pushed along over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, soon challenged, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Aug beating Ceremonial Jade (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tawaassol (USA) 3-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 13l behind Appalachian Trail (9-0) at Newmarket 6f lst stk (1) sft in Aug.
Yomalo (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 3l behind Wyatt Earp (8-8) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Kodiac 40-1 (9-11) Always behind, last of 14, 9l behind Desert Lord (9-11) at Longchamp 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.