A poor maiden in the terms of quality and quantity but MONOTAURIUS ran well enough last time out to suggest she has the ability to win a race of this nature with both Kingsgate Storm and Changing The Guard worth noting. The selection caught the eye when second to Romantic Queen at Wolverhampton last time out. She was a beaten favourite that day but she has experience on her side and if she recaptures her best form she will take all the beating. Kingsgate Storm ran well in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot when finishing a decent eighth of twenty five. Since then he has been a little disappointing but this will be his easiest opportunity to date so any market moves should be noted. Changing The Guard has his debut for the Richard Fahey stable who are having winners of late. He looks nicely bred but the market will prove to be the best guide to his chances. So for the winner we return to Minotaurious.
Circle Dance (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led, headed halfway, driven over 1f, one pace until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Triple Axel (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stk (5) fbs in Dec.
Changing The Guard King's Best gelding out of Our Queen of Kings.
Here Comes Danny 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders over 3f, 12th of 13, 21l behind Catskill Mountain (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Kingsgate Storm (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, switched left start and held up last, nudged along on outside over 1f out, never near leaders, 8th of 9, 8l behind Newlyn Art (8-9) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Petrenko Efisio colt, half-brother to several winners on the flat and over hurdles.
Countrywide Jaime (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride in rear, behind when hampered 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Hillside Lad (9-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Dec.
Field Fantasy 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced and ran green in rear, never a factor, 10th of 11, 33l behind Chantilly Pearl (9-0) at Great Leighs 6f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Dec.
Minotaurious (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Led early, raced keenly, tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon edged right, not quicken, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Romantic Queen (8-12) at W'hampton 6f 3yo mdn (5) pol.