Born In Bombay comfortably justified favouritism in a Kempton maiden in February and should win more races. Moonlight Venture got off the mark at Southwell last month and Cornborough made a winning debut at Redcar and the second went close at Yarmouth subsequently. Showpiece was a fair fourth at Newbury on his reappearance but didn't appear to last home when tried over this course and distance in September. MATALLEB idled in front when making a winning debut in a Newbury maiden two weeks ago. There was more in the locker and he can give the weight away to these, though Almuheet's defeat of Red Galileo on debut last year worked out well and he certainly didn't give his true running at Leicester subsequently.
Matalleb (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gd beating Mutakayyef (9-5) by hd, 15 ran.
Almuheet 2-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders centre, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 6, 10l behind Stars Above Me (8-2) at Leicester 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Sep.
Born In Bombay 8-11fav (8-9) Tracked leader, led approaching 2f out, pushed out, comfortable, won at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Bobby Benton (8-9) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Showpiece 20-1 (8-10) In rear, came stand side 5f out, pushed along 2f out, headway and switched left entering final furlong, stayed on to go 4th near finish, 4th of 10, 5l behind Muwaary (8-8) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Moonlight Venture 11-10fav (8-10) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden towards finish, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Two Moons (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Cornborough 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, driven out, won at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gs beating Rough Courte (8-11) by 1l, 8 ran.
Basil Berry 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Glorious Empire (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.