John Gosden enjoys a tremendous 54% strike rate from 13 runners here over the past five years and POLPERRO holds outstanding claims of boosting that impressive record. The Kingmambo colt has progressed pleasingly with racing and the form of his latest runner-up effort in a useful-looking Sandown maiden looks by far the best form on display. The yard also field Informed Award but, in comparison to his stablemate, the Dubawi colt appears to be on the downgrade of late and Misty Isles looms as a larger threat after a promising Newbury maiden effort for her up-and-coming yard. It is also reasonable to anticipate improvement from both Munaawib and Cordillera after rather uninspiring debut runs.
Miss Excel 40-1 (9-7) Pushed along to chase leading trio, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 4th of 8, 14l behind Junoob (8-13) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf.
Informed Award 13-2 (9-5) Raced wide 1st 3f, mid-division, effort in centre 3f out, ridden and went right over 2f out, soon weakened and eased, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Pandorica (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Munaawib 5-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ran very green and always behind, 5th of 6, 21l behind Royal Hush (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Polperro (USA) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led and edged left entering final 3f, clear over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Arch Fire (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gs.
Cordillera 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear, some headway on inside over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 13l behind Val O'hara (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol.
Misty Isles 20-1 (9-0) Held up in touch on outside, took keen hold, headway 6f out, ridden over 3f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Gosbeck (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (5) gf.