STAR CITY showed signs of inexperience on his debut at Carlisle, but he ran on well to take second in the closing stages, and that form is superior to anything today's rivals have shown. Michael Dods' charge looks a good thing to open his account here with normal progress. Samba Night ran well on his debut at Southwell with Professor Tim well behind and he should figure, but the newcomer My Pearl is a half-brother to four winners and could prove a bigger threat. Fellow debutant Cafe Express is also related to a couple of two-year-old winners and is worth noting.
My Pearl (IRE) Sleeping Indian colt out of My-lorraine.
Professor Tim (IRE) 80-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 3f out, soon outpaced and behind, last of 6, 23l behind Al Shaqab (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Samba Night (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, soon switched left, ridden and kept on approaching final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Al Shaqab (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Star City (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and switched left over 2f out, edged right entering final furlong, ran on, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Haafkry (8-9) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Cafe Express (IRE) Bertolini filly out of Cafe Creme.
Sonsie Lass 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, joined leaders halfway, ridden and weakened 1f out, 9th of 16, 8l behind Citizen's Charter (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Jun.
Well Wishes 10-1 (8-12) Soon pushed along, chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 8l behind Lesotho (8-12) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.