It was soft ground at Lingfield when RESPONSE finished second on his debut. But there's no reason why he shouldn't prove as effective on this surface and the 135,000gns colt gets the vote to open his account. A step up to 1m2f brought no improvement from Estifzaaz last time but last season's second over 7f at Sandown suggests today's trip will suit, although Qawaafy wears her owner's first colours having also attempted a longer trip on her reappearance. Ravensburg looks best of the rest but has a bit to find with the principals.
Exclusive Predator 28-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 5l behind Aneedh (9-1) at Redcar 1m mdn auc stks (6) gs in May.
Smirfys Blackcat (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Soon outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 46l behind Gifted Dancer (9-0) at Chepstow 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep.
Estifzaaz (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led 1f, keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Bedouin Invader (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Response 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt, soon recovered to track leader, led 2f out, headed and one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Simply Elegant (8-10) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Qawaafy (USA) 6-5fav (8-9) Held up in touch on outside, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd final 75 yards, 4th of 9, 7l behind Carthaginian (9-13) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd.
Ravensburg 33-1 (8-11) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 14, 8l behind Stableford (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf in May.