WE open with a pretty tricky maiden and while we respect a newcomer from top connections in Maskan we'll give DR FINLEY a chance to repay punters after disappointing effort last time and Harlestone Times wouldn't have to find much improvement to go close either. After improving from first run to second the selection may have been found out by very quick ground over a furlong less last time. The cut likely in the ground this time should be a better option for him and he has shaped as if this mile jaunt is the way to go. Harlestone Times has just about improved in all three runs so far and despite not quite getting home over this stamina test at Ffos Las on his latest start the mile at Brighton is slightly easier to get and we expected another bold show. Maskan has a nice-looking pedigree and is bred to go well over this sort of trip so should be closely watched in the market for positive signs of a good debut effort while Santa Margherita hasn't progressed in a couple of starts but the extra yardage here should help.
Dr Finley (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Chased leader, led over 2f out, headed 2f out, stayed chasing leaders, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Luminous Star (9-3) at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm in Aug.
Harlestone Times (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) In touch, raced keenly, chased winner over 1f out, not quicken and lost 2nd will inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Sharaayeen (9-0) at Ffos Las 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Maskan Starcraft gelding out of Silence Is Golden.
Avon Lady 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, kept on, never trouble leaders, 6th of 13, 8l behind Diam Queen (8-12) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.
Calm And Serene (USA) 14-1 (8-12) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 12, 14l behind Anhar (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Cool Kitten (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch to over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 15l behind Mistic Magic (9-0) at Newbury 7f 2yo stks (4) gf in Jun.
Santa Margherita 18-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 11l behind Awesome Act (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.