Modus beat Flamenco Lad at Exeter more easily than Adeupas D'ycy did later and looks a nice prospect for Robert Stephens. But we're loathe to desert COYABA, who was always going well at Towcester when following up his debut victory at Ffos Las. That run just about gives him the edge over Carlisle winner Hurricane Hollow and though this is another step up in class he may be up to the task. Lady Buttons won at Wetherby, despite running green, and may be the pick of the remainder though a market move for any of the four nicely-bred newcomers would be significant.
Adeupas D'ycy (FR) 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, kept on to lead final 100 yards, held on well towards finish, won at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Dec beating Flamenco Lad (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
City Supreme (IRE) Milan gelding out of Run Supreme.
Colin's Brother Overbury gelding out of Dd's Glenalla.
Coyaba 3-1fav (11-5) Held up in touch, challenged over 4f out, led 2f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Towcester 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Nov beating Gone Forever (10-5) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hurricane Hollow 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway over 5f out, every chance over 2f out, le dover 1f out,clear inside final furlong, won at Carlisle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (5) sft in Oct beating Lebanna (10-5) by 9l, 8 ran.
Looks Like Power (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, kept on well until headed over 1f out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Modus (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Oct.
Modus 9-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, smooth headway between horses 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Oct beating Flamenco Lad (10-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
Sandy Beach Notnowcato gelding out of Picacho.
Solstice Star Kayf Tara gelding out of Clover Green.
Lady Buttons 17-2 (10-0) Chased leaders, headway before 4f out, led over 1f out, shaken up and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Dec beating Diaktoros (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Montana Belle (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, driven out, won at Newbury 1m 4f (6) sft in Dec beating May Hay (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Puzzle Time 9-2 (10-9) Led or disputed lead, clear leader over 4f out, driven and stayed on well final 2f, won at Warwick 1m 6f (6) gs in Nov beating Anda De Grissay (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.