COVERT AMBITION was a winner on his debut last October and is tipped to score at the main expense of Wind Star and Final Verse. The selection, whose dam developed into top-class mare, represents the Godolphin yard and he came home an impressive winner when last seen. The colt is a good looking sort and he should be capable of holding his own in this better company. Wind Star is in superb heart of late, winning at the last two attempts. The gelding's ability to find a change of gear at the business end will continue to stand him in good stead here, as will the forecast easy ground. Final Verse a Listed winner in the past for Sir Michael Stoute, is only 1lb above his last winning mark and ran well on this seasonal debut last time. His current trainer clearly has him in good heart. Granston has been in good order since reappearing and has done well on his recent Doncaster efforts but a rise in the weights looks to have halted any hopes of a follow up. Walter Swinburn's Hevelius looks best of the remainder. The colt was a winner over this trip when last seen, but that was almost a year ago though and he may need the run out here. A market should reveal anything worth knowing about the rest, but for us Covert Ambition looks best.
Covert Ambition 15-8fav (9-3) Held up, good headway well over 2f out, quickened to lead over 1f out, soon clear, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Oct beating Arts Guild (9-3) by 7l, 15 ran.
Whitcombe Minister (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Soon led, headed 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Lady Jane Digby (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Final Verse 16-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, held up, headway from 2f out, squeezed through over 1f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlog, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Ace of Hearts (9-1) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Fanjura (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Mid-division, not clear run well over 1f out, hung left and stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Cheshire Prince (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Jack Dawkins (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 14l behind Dunn'o (8-11) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Wind Star 5-2fav (9-2) Held up, smooth headway to lead over 1f out, ridden out final furlong, comfortably, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Sri Kuantan (8-6) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Granston (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Prominent, led over 3f out, driven and held on gamely final furlong, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Just Lille (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Hevelius 12-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, edged right and kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul beating Syvilla (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Bazergan (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Raced centre, tracked leader, led centre group 3f out, soon joined stands side, chased leaders, soon ridden, one pace approaching final furlong, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Confront (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gf.
St Jean Cap Ferrat 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, mid-division, hanging left over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 27l behind Stone Of Scone (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Apr.
Charlie Tokyo (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 18, 24l behind Furmigadelagiusta (9-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Best Prospect (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) Held up, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 11l behind Moonquake (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.