It's unusual to see older horses from the Mark Johnston and Charlie Hills yards appearing in a maiden but LIFE AND TIMES clearly has ability judged on his third at Newcastle, his first start on the Flat, and looks the one to beat. Crow Down is another recruit from bumpers and Zara's Boy went jumping last year, though with little success. Defiant Spirit may be a danger, however, as he wasn't beaten far over 7f at Warwick on his second outing. Modem is by Motivator but watched on his debut.
Crow Down (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Mid-division, pushed along 6f out, hampered on inside 4f out, switched right over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 38l behind Plain Sailing (11-6) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Life And Times (USA) 5-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden when switched right 1f out, ran on, not reached leaders, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Llanarmon Lad (9-10) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gs.
Zara's Boy (IRE) 100-1 (9-11) Behind, mistake 6th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Medinas (11-2) at Hereford 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Mar '12, 15 ran.
Defiant Spirit 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, effort when not clear run over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Canon Law (9-5) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Modem Motivator gelding out of Alashaan.