On paper this looks a better maiden than last year but still lacking any potential superstar; of those to have raced KING OF REASON looks most solid and is fancied to see off Sophie's Beau and the most interesting newcomer Jay's Treaty. David Simcock has his yard in good nick and this son of King's Best shaped with promise in three runs last year. His experience of different racetracks should stand him in good stead and with the step up in trip in his favour he looks sure to run well. Unless there is a shedload of cash for Whisper Wind, the most interesting newcomer looks to be Jay's Treaty. This 55,000 guineas purchase (as a two-year-old) is related to winners over in America and with his dam being a decent sprinter herself he is probably starting off at about the right trip. Sophie's Beau steps back up to seven furlongs today and this 78-rated gelding should run well if the market agrees. Baxter and Thalia Grace need to improve on their first runs, Sard needs to step up massively on two runs last autumn (fancied on the latter occasion), whilst Frances Stuart represents a yard in good nick but she is bred to get a bit further than this and might just need the experience. Compton Park also comes from a yard riding the crest of a wave at present and this son of Compton Place is not to be ignored on this first turf start, despite his breeding suggesting six furlongs may be his ideal trip, however the tentative vote goes to King Of Reason.
Baxter (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up behind, headway on outside 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 7, 11l behind Prince Of Vasa (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Compton Park 33-1 (9-3) Went right start, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 4th of 10, 4l behind Illustrious Prince (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Cunning Plan (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Soon outpaced in rear, never a factor, 6th of 10, 11l behind Rule Of Nature (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct.
Jay's Treaty (USA) Maria's Mon colt out of J J'sdream.
King Of Reason 15-2 (9-3) Soon held up, raced keenly, switched right over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, ran on toward finish, not reached front pair, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Frozen Power (9-3) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 8-13fav (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, hampered entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 6l behind Little Garcon (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Whisper Wind Cadeaux Genereux gelding out of Soft Breeze.
Chilli Green Desert Sun filly out of Jade Pet.
Frances Stuart (IRE) King's Best filly out of Higher Love.
Sard 7-2 (9-0) Raced towards centre, chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 10, 24l behind Flip Flop (9-0) at Folkestone 6f 2yo fll mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Silvee 66-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Free For All (9-3) at Folkestone 6f 3yo mdn aut (6) gs in Apr.
Thalia Grace 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place well over 1f out, 7th of 10, 11l behind Aetos (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.