Named in honour of the founder of Timeform, this decent conditions contest can go to Godolphin's URBAN POET, who is far and away the top rated by the BHA and receives the age allowance to boot. The Dynaformer colt was prepared by Mark Johnston to win on his Hamilton debut in July, and he went very well in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood soon after. He was well out of sorts at Chester last time, but he is very interesting now stepped up to this marathon trip. The ground will suit, and with at least a stone in hand he should really have too much class for them. Next best looks to be Just Lille, who has at least proved her stamina stretches as far as around two miles when winning at Warwick, and appreciates a quick surface. She is a consistent sort who looks capable of making a race of it. Bogside Theatre might find the going against her, but she ran well in this when runner-up last year and does at least have that as a positive, even if the yard is not red hot at present. Dolly Penrose is another who wants plenty of rain to be seen to best effect, and she will probably get home here if there is a drop, but without it she is likely to struggle. Urban Poet does have stamina to prove, but with the ground against anything else that could be taken seriously in opposition, we'll take him to confirm his class here.
Mr Crystal (FR) 11-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, driven along 5f out, soon behind, eased when no chance final 2f, tailed off, 7th of 8, 37l behind Alanbrooke (8-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Dolly Penrose 50-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway under pressure from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 6th of 11, 7l behind Nanton (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Just Lille (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) Keen, mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Braveheart Move (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Urban Poet (USA) 5-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 37l behind Snoqualmie Girl (8-1) at Chester 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf in Sep.
Bogside Theatre (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 22l behind Amanda Carter (8-10) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Silk Affair (IRE) (8-8) 8th of 10, 9l behind Believe Me (9-4) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stks in Nov.