Dual Newmarket winner Proud Chieftain is stepping up a grade in his bid for a hat-trick and will need to improve again, but New Hampshire will have needed his return from lay-off when well beaten at Doncaster earlier this month and better is expected here. AUDEN was landing his maiden at Newmarket when last seen at the track over a year ago and makes his handicap debut today. The half-brother to high-class duo Mastery and Kirklees will relish the longer trip and the fact Kieren Fallon is on board him rather than Luca Cumani's Balandra could prove significant. The latter has claims on her handicap bow as does last year's Bath winner Inimitable Romanee.
New Hampshire (USA) 11-1 (9-2) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, no real progress final 2f, 12th of 19, 7l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Proud Chieftain 2-1fav (9-5) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged right under pressure, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Figaro (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Auden (USA) 13-2 (9-0) Close up, led over 1f out, edged right and ridden out, won at Newmarket 1m mdn stks (4) sft in Sep '10 beating Academy (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Tasfeya 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, led on inside over 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Lucky Legs (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Balandra 16-1 (8-12) Chased leader, chased winner approaching final 3f, challenged and hung left from 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, every chance when hung left under pressure inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Always The Lady (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Buxfizz (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Orientalist (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Inimitable Romanee (USA) 11-4fav (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, pressed leader when carried right over 1f out, soon led, ridden clear, won at Bath 1m 2yo fll mdn (5) gs in Oct '10 beating Pandorica (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Beginnings (USA) 9-1 (8-6) 98th of 16, 1/2l behind Hail Holy Queen (8-10) at Compiegne(FR) 1m 3yo hcp gs in Jun.
If You Whisper (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Dwelt, always behind, 8th of 11, 6l behind Rulesn'regulations (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Grand Theft Equine 10-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 43l behind Sandbanks Sizzler (9-3) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.