Oasis Storm and George Woolf will need to improve on their form to date to figure, while Baharat also has a bit to find on his first start for new connections. Former stablemate CLUB OCEANIC won his maiden over a mile in November before finishing third to Indian Jack in a blanket finish over the same trip at Kempton. Jeremy Noseda's charge will improve for today's longer trip and is just preferred to Halfsin. The latter got off the mark in maiden at Doncaster earlier this month and, though he's likely to be winning again soon, could find the selection a tough nut to crack here.
Halfsin (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Made all, set steady pace, quickened 2f out, soon in command, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (4) gf beating Munbaher (9-3) by 2l, 11 ran.
Club Oceanic 9-4 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to improve over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held, 3rd of 8, hd behind Indian Jack (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Oasis Storm 10-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division and keen, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Art History (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Baharat (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, niggled along on bend and dropped to last over 5f out, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, chased leading duo and carried left inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind First Battalion (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
George Woolf 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt, soon chasing leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Franciscan (9-0) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.