Despite the new conditions of the race, this has still only attracted five runners with Buster Hyvonen the obvious choice ahead of Smooth Jazz and Majestic Halo. The last mentioned has yet to win a race but Ed Dunlop's filly has run some decent races in defeat; however, they have been on a faster surface than this and she may struggle on the ground so is probably best watched. Hazelnut, a stablemate of the selection, is less exposed than most and should appreciate the return to this surface so cannot be discounted, while Kylkenny was very disappointing last time and may be best left out of calculations judged by that effort. Smooth Jazz has every chance on the best of his form but is another that may be better served by faster ground and preference is for James Fanshawe's Buster Hyvonen, who should be suited by the ground and has every chance of dominating this small field.
Buster Hyvonen (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened, 11th of 14, 30l behind Halla San (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Kylkenny 7-2fav (9-4) Held up, chased leaders over 3f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 7l behind Cleaver (9-11) at Hamilton 1m 3f app hcp (6) gs in Sept.
Hazelnut 8-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Wee Charlie Castle (9-1) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Aug.
Smooth Jazz 9-1 (9-4) Raced wide in mid-division, effort and hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 14, 4l behind Cusoon (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (5) pol.
Majestic Halo 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 36l behind Best Guess (9-2) at Thirsk 1m fll hcp (4) hvy in Sept.