The vote here goes to Abhisheka ahead of Taranto and Mango Mischief. Taranto was just beaten in a Lingfield all-weather Listed event over a longer trip last time. This trip should suit a lot better and she looks a leading player today. However, the progressive Abhisheka runs from the same yard and she has looked well worth a try at Listed level following two handicap wins, one of them coming over course and distance. She gets the vote. Princess Nada's form gives her every right to some consideration, as does Mango Mischief's, and a return to the level of her Group-placed form of May would make the latter a leading candidate. Finally, the third Godolphin runner, Lake Toya, is closely weighted with Taranto based on the all-weather run referred to and she is not without a chance. That said, we prefer her stable companion Abhisheka as the choice.
Lake Toya (USA) 15-8fav (9-2) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind High Heel Sneakers (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f lst fll stk (1) pol in Oct.
Mango Mischief (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 6l behind Innocent Air (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f lst fll stk (1) gs in Oct.
Trials 'n Tribs 14-1 (9-2) Held up, switched right and rapid headway from 4f out to join leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind Khun John (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) pol in Oct.
Princess Nada 12-1 (9-0) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden and edged left 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 7l behind Innocent Air (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f lst fll stk (1) gs in Oct.
Abhisheka (IRE) Evensfav (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 3f out, went clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct beating Kingsholm (9-5) by 3l, 14 ran.
Air Biscuit (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to press winner over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Pure Illusion (8-12) at Leicester 1m 3yo fll (4) gs in Oct.
Dayrose 7-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, ran on final furlong to lead post, won at Haydock 1m 3f fll hcp (3) gd in Sept beating Kerriemuir Lass (9-6) by a shd, 10 ran.
Expert Witness (IRE) (8-5) Never in contention, 15th of 18, 11l behind Kalken (9-3) at Longchamp 1m hcp gd in Sept.
Fusili (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Keen in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind High Heel Sneakers (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f lst fll stk (1) pol in Oct.
Manbala (FR) (9-0) Led to halfway, soon beaten, last of 7, 20l behind On A Cloud (9-0) at Saint-Cloud 1m 3yo fll in Mar.
Pleasing 11-1 (8-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, hung left, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp (5) gs in Oct beating Wassfa (8-4) by 2 1/2l, 20 ran.
Taranto 12-1 (8-8) Steadied start, keen, held up in rear, headway on wide over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed, stayed on near finish, 2nd of 11, hd behind High Heel Sneakers (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f lst fll stk (1) pol in Oct.
Under The Rainbow 20-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden to chase leading pair straight, one pace final 2f, 5th of 13, 11l behind Anna Pavlova (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f lst fll stk (1) gs in Oct.
Zamhrear 10-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon well behind, headway 2f out, good run, led well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Southwell 7f banded stk (7) fbs in Oct beating Priorina (9-1) by 1l, 13 ran.