Mark Johnston and Greg Fairly paired up to win this race last season and they should be celebrating again with the progressive CAT O' NINE TAILS who has our vote with Nabari interesting after a solid debut and Blazing Desert can also be looked at after a good opening run on the level. Clearly in need of his first run the selection then stepped up on that and was unlucky to bump into a smart prospect from the Barry Hills yard. He was well clear in second and horse from this yard only ever really go one way in their development. Mark Johnston also sends out Quitao, who will have to improve vastly on his debut to score here so a bigger danger should be Nabari, who has a Kentucky Derby winner in his family and ran an encouraging debut in a strong look Salisbury maiden. Blazing Desert is a winning hurdler and made a nice start to life on the flat with a well held placing at Haydock while Architrave was disappointing on his handicap debut but should be seen in a better light now back in a maiden. An intriguing race that can go the way to Cat O' Nine Tails.
Blazing Desert 33-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in 6th, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to modest 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Acquainted (8-7) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Donny Briggs 5-1 (11-9) Ran in snatches on outside, weakened after 7th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Restart (10-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Priceless Art (IRE) 10-11fav (11-9) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 8f out, chased winner over 3f out until over 1f out, kept on to regain 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 15, 8l behind Aikman (10-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Finellas Fortune 16-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weaken inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 7l behind Freddie Brown (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.
Ocean Bright (USA) 14-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 11, shd behind Simple Jim (8-13) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Architrave 7-1 (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 6l behind Desert Recluse (8-11) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Always behind, 7th of 8, 13l behind Eavesdropper (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Monterey (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, ridden 2f out, edged right over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 13, 5l behind Dahaam (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
New World Symphony (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, outpaced over 3f out, last of 6, 36l behind Mingun Bell (9-2) at Southwell 1m 2yo nov stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Quitao (GER) 12-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along 5f out, soon lost place, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Park View (8-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Cat O' Nine Tails 10-1 (8-6) Led at decent pace, ridden and headed 3f out, no chance with winner from 2f out, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Acquainted (8-7) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Nabari (JPN) 25-1 (8-12) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Shimmering Surf (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Neptune's Girl (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Always behind, pushed along 4f out, struggling after, 11th of 14, 12l behind Heavenly Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 1m fll mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Yankee Bright (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 25l behind Ice Diva (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.