In a very tricky maiden to solve we keep faith that John Gosden will get off to his customary fast start to the turf season and give his newcomer AFRICAN WAVE the vote ahead of fellow debutant Safwaan and the Barry Hills runner Cultivar. Related to plenty of winners including the high-class sprinter at two years Land Of Dreams the selection represents some powerful connections. He should be capable of winning over this trip and further and he looks the stable first string on jockey bookings. Stablemate Bullwhip would also have claims based on his bloodline but the suspicion is he'll be better over further however his jockey is riding well at present. Safaan is also well bred, with Group and two-year-old winners in his family tree. He also represents top connections so a big run is in the offing. Cultivar is also bred in the purple and ran a very promising debut before not being able to build on that next time. It will be interesting to see how he's trained on and a market check is advised. Tom Dascombe sends out Raktiman and his pedigree looks ideal for this trip so is respected but in a tough race where any number have chances African Wave can score for a yard who do well early in the season.
African Wave (USA) Elusive Quality colt out of Sahara Star.
Battle Study (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in touch after 1f, improved to 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 13l behind Bronze Prince (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Brananx (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over well over 1f out, 8th of 15, 14l behind Tamaathul (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Bullwhip (IRE) Whipper colt out of Flaming Song.
Collect Art (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Don't Call Me (8-11) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (5) fbs.
Cultivar 5-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, pushed along 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 6th of 14, 8l behind Markazzi (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Eviction (IRE) Kheleyf colt out of La Belle Katherine.
Fifty Moore 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 7th of 10, 19l behind Haltela (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun.
Marteau Pivotal colt out of Rababah.
Media Jury 100-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 34l behind Walvis Bay (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Monkton Vale (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, no impression approaching final furlong, 6th of 9, 15l behind Corsica (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Raktiman (IRE) Rakti colt out of Wish List.
Russian Brigadier 100-1 (9-3) Behind, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 15, 18l behind Tamaathul (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Safwaan Selkirk colt out of Kawn.
Tislaam (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 19, 16l behind Jeannie Galloway (8-4) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Sep.
Yes Chef 200-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 15, 8l behind Tamaathul (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Dovedon Diva 150-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, 7l behind Adventure Story (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Nov.