took keen hold, tracking leaders, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong
tracked leaders on inside, kept on same pace inside final furlong
in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out
tracked leaders on outside, ridden and hung left 2f out, soon weakened
tracked winner, challenged 3f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home
mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, keeping on same pace when slightly hampered inside final furlong
made all and set steady pace, ridden and joined 3f out, pressed over 1f out, stayed on gamely to assert inside final furlong
took keen hold towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, soon hung left, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner
took keen hold, towards rear, behind final 3f, never a factor
held up towards rear, never involved
took keen hold, towards rear, ridden on inside over 2f out, never involved
steaied start, pushed along and struggling over 4f out, always towards rear
Most of these look pretty exposed but LADY LEKKI made a winning start at Wetherby in April and returned from a lay-off with a fourth at Beverley last month. She has plenty of scope for improvement over this longer trip and gets the vote ahead of Atalan. The latter won over 2m at Chelmsford in August and has proved best on the all-weather so far while High Intensity makes his debut on Turf after a well beaten third at Southwell. Azamesse was beaten only a head over 1m5f at Ayr recently and should handle the softer going but course and distance winner Dew Pond is 9lb higher for this.
Chorus Of Lies 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Rock On Bollinski (9-5) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Lady Lekki (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, some headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on into modest 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 9 1/4l behind Kiltara (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
High Intensity 7-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, closed on outside 8f out, soon niggled along, ridden 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 3, 19 1/4l behind Weald Of Kent (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Atalan 4-6fav (9-0) Prominent, ridden 2f out, joined leader inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Chelmsford City 2m hcp (6) pol in Aug beating Goldan Jess (9-9) by hd, 7 ran.
Rock Of Max 16-1 (9-7) Keen close up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/4l behind Nomenklatura (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Kelly's Finest (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Awkward start, led, ridden when headed over 2f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 5 1/2l behind Phyllis Maud (9-11) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Azamesse (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 9, hd behind Sinakar (9-12) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Dew Pond 7-2fav (8-6) Midfield, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Call It On (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Pianola (USA) 40-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13 1/4l behind Bright Flash (9-5) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Hookergate Grammar 10-3fav (8-4) Led, driven and headed over 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 10, 9 3/4l behind Aviator (9-10) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Thou Swell (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Ran 5th, progress to 2nd after 3f, ridden 2 1/2f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, eased 1 1/2f out,tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Hallmark (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 5f mdn gf in Aug.
Sigurd (GER) 100-1 (9-5) Led until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 34 1/4l behind Koora (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.