Viking Rose has been put up 4lb for her latest win at Newcastle but James Eustace's filly is proving a model of consistency and, with the step back up to a mile certain to suit, she's unlikely to be far away again. Petsas Pleasure is another consistent sort but C&D winner Desert Chieftain has questions to answer after a poor run at Windsor, though does appear to have the beating of Aviso on the form book. XPRES MAITE was an eye-catcher at Newcastle last time, despite missing the break. Roy Bowring's eight-year-old is well treated nowadays and can open his account for the season in this.
Petomic (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 18l behind Botham (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Petsas Pleasure 11-4fav (10-12) Held up in rear, switched right to outside 4f out, headway 3f out, chased winner 2f out, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Desert Vision (11-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Milton of Campsie 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon hung badly right, weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 12, 9l behind Meandmyshadow (8-13) at Leicester 6f fll hcp (5) gf.
Adaria 25-1 (8-7) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 6th of 10, 11l behind Imperator Augustus (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Viking Rose (IRE) 11-2fav (8-9) Prominent, ridden to lead well over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, kept on towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) gd in Sep beating Just The Tonic (8-13) by ns, 13 ran.
Aviso (GER) 5-1fav (8-13) Took keen hold, led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind L'astre De Choisir (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Glass Mountain (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway when not much room and bumped about from over 2f out until over 1f out, no impression, 10th of 13, 11l behind Pearl Opera (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Emerald Girl (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up, always towards rear, last of 13, 14l behind Love Nest (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Xpres Maite 20-1 (8-13) Dwelt, behind, ridden over 2f out, pushed along and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Master Of Dance (9-7) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Desert Chieftain 11-2 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, no headway, 11th of 14, 27l behind Catchanova (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Diplomasi 20-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, under pressure over 3f out, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 9, 6l behind Dare To Bare (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Fists And Stones 28-1 (9-3) Led 2f, chased winner, ridden over 1f out, faded and lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Medal of Valour (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf.
General Tufto 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, plugged on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 15, 12l behind Taste The Wine (10-7) at Warwick 1m 3f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Gay Gallivanter 16-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway far side over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Arctic Maiden (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Yakama (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, not clear run under stands side rail from 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 10, 5l behind Larkrise Star (9-9) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Lightning Spirit 9-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 7th of 15, 14l behind Fitz (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.