Hymenaios went close in both starts over a mile last term. He should stay this longer trip but may find Derby entry BATTERSEA too good. The latter finished third over today's distance at Haydock in October and the form looks solid enough with the runner-up subsequently winning. Cape Caster ran well on his debut on the Polytrack at Lingfield and is preferred to the thoroughly exposed Galaxy and the returning Kisanji. Newcomers to note include Inca Drum, representing last year's winning connections, Romsdal and Heisman, especially if the betting speaks in their favour.
Battersea 9-2 (9-5) Close up, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Fun Mac (9-5) at Haydock 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Cape Caster (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Alex Vino (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Enniscorthy Myles (USA) Forestry gelding out of Sans Reward.
Galaxy 5-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, bumped over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Moonlight Venture (8-10) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Heisman (IRE) Teofilo colt out of Luminata.
Hymenaios (IRE) 6-5fav (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on and effort inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Madeed (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Inca Drum (USA) Empire Maker colt out of Around.
Kisanji 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 7l behind Field Of Fame (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy in Oct.
Le Maitre Chat (USA) Tale Of The Cat gelding out of Bedside Story.
Romsdal Halling colt out of Pure Song.
Tawan 100-1 (9-5) Pushed along halfway, always behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, 24l behind Latin Charm (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
The Kid 9-2 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Snow Squall (9-5) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Nagambie (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade filly out of Sina Cova.