A market-watching race if every there was one and DECISION is our selection with Princability and Simon Gray respected. Decision didn't exactly set the world alight with his first racecourse start but it did seem as if he didn't really take to the good-to-soft going that day. Clive Cox's horses have been performing much better of late and with the trainer taking a quiet approach to proceedings there appears nothing untoward about that absence. Princability shaped with plenty of promise on introduction. Admittedly this is on very different going to that at Goodwood but there were plenty of supporters interested in him on that occasion. Simon Gray makes a debut for Richard Hannon. There is plenty of evidence in the pedigree to suggest that whatever he achieves today will be a bonus. It hasn't been a vintage year for Roger Charlton's juveniles so Clowance House might be one to oppose unless the market says any different. Perfect Affair has a distinct American-led pedigree. Ralph Beckett will also be represented by Oke Bay, a 72 000-guineas prospect for whom connections will be keen to win for paddock value. Sandor sets the benchmark for today's rivals. The step up to a mile probably won't inconvenience although we have no way of knowing whether the switch to turf will. Decision is a speculative pick in a race that will probably throw up a few likely types for the future.
Clear Hand 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, soon struggling, 9th of 12, 10l behind Dialogue (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Sept.
Clowance House Galileo colt out of Corsican Sunset.
Decision 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Nasri (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Perfect Affair (USA) Perfect Soul colt, half-brother to winners from 6f to 1m1f.
Princability (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Started slowly, held up in rear, good headway over 2f out, effort and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Aqwaal (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sept.
Saborido (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly away, ran green, soon pushed along in rear, never a factor, 10th of 12, 17l behind Dialogue (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Sept.
Sandor 6-1 (9-3) Soon chasing winner, wide straight, driven to challenge, hung left over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 12, nk behind Dialogue (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Sept.
Simon Gray Act One colt out of Shardette.
State Banquet (USA) Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of Gracie Lady.
Oke Bay Tobougg filly out of Barakat.