ASATEER can take the nightcap with Harbinger and Devotion To Duty others to mention. The selection finished eighth in a valuable contest at Newmarket without necessarily looking completely at ease on the ground. The handicapper assesses him as being an 89 rated horse and if he has done his sums correctly, he will be tough to beat. Harbinger ran a race brim full of promise on debut in the Wood Ditton. The step up in trip is ideal, the draw is not. Devotion To Duty was well backed on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket and in fairness, he acquitted himself well. Calypso Bay finished ahead of him on that occasion but will do well to repeat it from a high draw. Changingoftheguard was notably weak on debut last season but did beat his better fancied stablemate on the day. Northern Acres was unlucky to come up against such a smart prospect last time out and this brother to Mot Juste may thrive once tried over longer trips. Beauchamp Xerxes was unfancied on debut though ran much better than the market suggested. Any money for the locally trained Una Pelota should not be ignored. Plenty of plausible winners and Asateer gets our vote.
Asateer (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, pushed along and headway 3f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 8th of 18, 8l behind Nehaam (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Beauchamp Xerxes 25-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 2l behind Militarist (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Calypso Bay (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Sopranist (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Changingoftheguard (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra in 5th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Space Telescope (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Oct.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Sopranist (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Harbinger 3-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to take 2nd post, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Militarist (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Jobekani (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, came wide and headway entering straight, led entering final furlong, soon hampered, headed well inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 1l behind Bob Stock (9-4) at Warwick 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Northern Acres 10-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led 3f out, driven and headed over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind African Art (9-3) at Haydock 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Norwegian Dancer (UAE) 7-4fav (8-13) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, soon outpaced by winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Eloquently (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Paddy Partridge 20-1 (8-8) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 14l behind Bin End (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Una Pelota (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind African Art (9-3) at Haydock 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Annes Sound (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened entering straight, 12th of 13, 12l behind Desert Eagle (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Oct.
Liberty Estelle (IRE) 80-1 (8-8) Always behind, 10th of 11, 22l behind Smart Endeavour (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Silk Star (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Slowly away and always in rear, 10th of 12, 22l behind Daylumney (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn fll stks (5) pol in Oct.