A typically open end of season maiden and advice is to watch the market for clues, but without that we will side with Cat De Mille to be good enough, with Strikeen, Satin Braid and Hemispear others to consider. The selection is clearly open to plenty of improvement after just one start to date. On that occasion he ran green at Newmarket, and he should go much better for that run, especially with this step up to a mile which is likely to suit. Strikeen put up a comparalbe sort of effort when fourth in similar company at Salisbury last month. The selection has shown he handles soft ground, but Terry Mills' colt has yet to race with cut underfoot and so is just opposed. The filly Satin Braid has the benefit of two starts under her belt. However, on neither occasion has she matched that offered by the other pair and although she could claim a place it would be a bit of a surprise if she were good enough, particularly on this surface, while the experienced Hemispear is gradually improving but has to prove she handles cut, and in any case is another with a bit to find. In summary then, Cat De Mille is taken to score for Peter Chapple-Hyam.
Cat de Mille (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Keen, held up, outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 6l behind Desert Dew (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sept.
Coyote Creek 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Centenary (9-3) at Newcastle 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sept.
Lord Oroko Lord Of Men gelding, half-brother to numerous winners up to 1m6f and over hurdles.
Pigeon Flight Compton Admiral gelding, half-brother to the winning hurdlers Lemagurut & Fantastic Star.
Strikeen (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden final 2f, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Spume (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept.
Bathwick Style 20-1 (7-9) Led, ridden 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Sweet Lilly (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Vallemeldee (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 10, 6l behind Regal Quest (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Sept.
Satin Braid 10-1 (9-0) Chased leader until approaching 2f out, ridden, weakened final furlong, 5th of 14, 8l behind Light Shift (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn fll (4) gf in Sept.