MAKAAMEN is taken to land this maiden at the main expense of Invisible Man, Olympic Dream and African Cheetah. Barry Hills's colt made a pleasing impression on his debut at Newmarket when he chased home Evasive. We know that he goes well fresh and with the yard in decent form he should go close. Invisible Man was backed as though defeat was out of the question on his debut at Great Leighs so under the circumstances it was a disappointing effort to finish third behind Emirates Champion. There should be more to come, but he will need to step up on that effort if he is to get competitive here. Olympic Dream was running in Listed company towards the back of last season so he can't be ignored, although he has yet to prove himself over this trip. York Key Bar has had a few chances now and he looks worth opposing, while African Cheetah is an interesting newcomer and he is worth a market check. We will return to Makaamen as the selection.
African Cheetah Pivotal colt out of Miss Queen.
Deauville Flyer Dubai Destination colt out of Reaf.
Flynn's Island (IRE) Trans Island gelding out of Cappuccino.
George Thisby Royal Applause gelding out of Warning Belle.
Green Spirit (IRE) Invincible Spirit colt out of Randonneur.
Highkingofireland Danehill Dancer colt, half-brother to winning miler Rava.
Invisible Man 1-3fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Emirates Champion (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn (5) pol in Nov.
Makaamen 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Evasive (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct.
Olympic Dream 80-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 20th of 22, 19l behind Total Gallery (8-9) at Redcar 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Oct.
Winrob EXCEED AND EXCEL gelding out of High Standard.
York Key Bar 4-5fav (8-9) Chased leaders, effort over 2f, stayed on until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Wotatomboy (8-5) at Southwell 6f 2yo mdn auc (6) fbs in Oct.
Feet of Fury 16-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, just missed 3rd, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Give Us A Song (8-9) at W'hampton 7f 2yo mdn auc (6) pol in Oct.
Wabi Sabi (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden on outer 2f out, one pace final furlong, 7th of 16, 5l behind Fastnet Storm (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Waltzing Buddy 66-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 11l behind Wildcat Wizard (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun.