Count Trevisio has been in consistent form of late but, along with the frustrating Seulement, may well find that the ground conditions are too testing and preference is for Motaraqeb. The selection showed signs of a revival when a staying on fourth over course and distance last time and on that evidence he looks thee one to beat here under ground conditions that should suit. Nanton has won his last two starts but both have been on faster ground, while Cactus King has a nice racing weight and comes from a yard in good form but is another that would probably want faster ground. St Petersburg will not mind the underfoot conditions but has plenty of weight, while Joseph Henry is another for who a faster surface would be ideal. Rain Stops Play and Plum Pudding are closely matched on running here last month and here should not be a great deal to choose between them again; however, Motaraqeb has plenty going for him and he gets the vote.
Ace of Hearts 50-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, never dangerous, 23rd of 33, 26l behind Formal Decree (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
St Petersburg 12-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, tailed off over 2f out, last of 12, 35l behind Army of Angels (9-9) at York 1m hcap (2) sft.
Private Business (USA) 20-1 (8-8) Always behind, 8th of 9, 7l behind New Guinea (8-0) at Chester 1m 5f lst hcp (1) gd in Aug.
Plum Pudding (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Led 5f, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 10l behind Army of Angels (9-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sept.
Salinja (USA) 100-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 20th of 33, 21l behind Formal Decree (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Bustan (IRE) 100-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 33, 18l behind Formal Decree (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Johnny Jumpup (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Raced stands side, held up, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 6l behind Plum Pudding (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sept.
Count Trevisio (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Charlie Cool (9-7) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Audience 14-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 12th of 13, 12l behind Supaseus (8-5) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sept.
Seulement (USA) 50-1 (8-8) Held up, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 33, 11l behind Formal Decree (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Harvest Queen (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Prominent, led over 3f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Heaven Sent (8-8) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Nanton (USA) 8-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gd in Sept beating Rio Riva (9-5) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Cross My Mind 14-1 (7-13) Slowly into stride on stands side, in touch, headway to lead stands side group over 1f out, soon one pace, 6th of 18, 3l behind All Ivory (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gs in Sept.
Joseph Henry 9-4fav (9-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 2l behind Lucayan Dancer (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Rain Stops Play (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Raced alone far side, always prominent, ridden over 2f out, ran on, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Plum Pudding (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sept.
Motaraqeb 16-1 (8-9) Raced stands side, slowly into stride, held up, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, edged left, kept on, 4th of 17, 1 1/2l behind Plum Pudding (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sept.
Silver Dip 7-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 6th of 12, 3l behind Phluke (8-11) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sept.
Queen of Fire 25-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 11, 22l behind Heaven Sent (8-8) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Cactus King 6-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong and soon hampered, not recover, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Urban Tiger (8-7) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Grimes Faith 9-1 (9-6) Held up, smooth headway from over 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, kept on well close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Kingsholm (9-4) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Fajr (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Raced stands side, held up, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Plum Pudding (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sept.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Keen in mid-division, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Gimasha (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) gd in Sept.