A hugely competitive renewal featuring several improving young stayers. Proschema finished third in the Melrose here in August, when Midnight Wilde was well behind, before taking his chance in the St Leger. John Gosden runs two with Almoghared lightly raced and Surya on a hat-trick. Mark Johnston is also double-handed with Elegiac in better form than Lynwood Gold at present, though he was quickly left behind by CANFORD HEIGHTS (NAP) at Haydock last time. That was the latter’s first run in a handicap and first win on Turf and he could not have been more impressive. Andrea Atzeni is a significant jockey booking and William Haggas’ colt can defy an 8lb rise to complete the three-timer. Astromachia and Rare Groove are also on hat-tricks and Glasses Up could be interesting if he lasts home. Bartholomeu Dias usually runs well without being quite good enough.
Proschema (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, effort 3f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 12l behind Kew Gardens (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Sep.
Almoghared (IRE) 11-2 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 8 1/4l behind Stratum (8-12) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Surya 6-5fav (9-1) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, headway to lead 3f out, driven clear inside final 2f, ridden out, stayed on well, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep beating Dominating (8-13) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Elegiac 5-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Canford Heights (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Billy Ray 33-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, ridden over 2f out, never involved, 16th of 18, 14 1/2l behind Baghdad (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.
Canford Heights (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Made all, hard driven over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (3) gs in Sep beating Elegiac (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lynwood Gold (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 5th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Darksideoftarnside (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (3) hvy in Sep.
Rare Groove (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, hung left and challenged over 1f out, just prevailed on the nod, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (3) pol in Sep beating Drill (9-7) by ns, 7 ran.
Wax And Wane 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Darksideoftarnside (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (3) hvy in Sep.
Glasses Up (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 8, 5 1/4l behind Mafaaheem (9-8) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Astromachia 13-8fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Sep beating Construct (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Midnight Wilde 9-2 (8-13) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Artarmon (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Bartholomeu Dias 9-2 (8-13) Raced wide keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 1l behind What A Welcome (9-10) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp (3) gd in Sep.