Shebebi won his maiden in good style at Folkestone and is handicapping for the first time here along with Sinaadi, who takes on the boys having failed to figure in a Group 3 race for fillies. Empiricist has only raced on fast going so far but it was soft ground when Haatefina and Aint Got A Scooby won nurseries earlier in the season. SURGE AHEAD is less exposed and handled the testing conditions at Pontefract to get off the mark over 6f. Ed Walker's colt is just preferred to Colmar Kid, whose best form should see him in the mix.
Shebebi (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Banovallum (9-3) by 2l, 10 ran.
Colmar Kid (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 15th of 21, 15l behind The Gold Cheongsam (8-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Sinaadi (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 8l behind Waterway Run (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Surge Ahead (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep beating Loch Moy (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Empiricist (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd and one pace inside final furlong, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 13, 3l behind Flying Officer (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Summer Dream 7-2fav (9-0) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Laudate Dominum (9-0) at Beverley 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep.
Haatefina 28-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 13, 4l behind Columella (8-8) at Warwick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Club House (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Sweet Deal (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Aint Got A Scooby (IRE) 10-3fav (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out on outer, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 16l behind Ronaldinho (9-9) at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.