This looks wide-open with plenty expected to improve this year. Bombardment and Winter Thunder represent Godolphin with the latter preferred on his debut fourth at Lingfield. Mutaraadif, Fine Tune and Dalmatia made only modest efforts at Newmarket on their respective debuts but Obstinate ran well stepped up to 1m2f at Chester last month and can figure. KINSHASA was dropped back to a mile last time but, like his winning half-brother Kitonga, should prove best over middle-distances and he gets a tentative vote.
Attenzione (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 11th of 14, 10l behind Billy Blue (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Beauchamp Kite Compton Admiral gelding out of Orange Sunset.
Bombardment (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, headway over 6f out, went 2nd 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened inside final furlong, last of 12, 8l behind Adventure Seeker (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Fighting Back Galileo colt out of Maroochydore.
Fine Tune (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Slowly away and went left start, never on terms with leaders, 12th of 15, 14l behind Basem (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Highplains Drifter (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Qhazeenah.
Kinshasa 9-2 (9-5) Midfield, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 8l behind Yuften (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Mutaraadif (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 7l behind Moontime (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Obstinate 12-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, no extra and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 11, 4l behind Prince Of Stars (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (3) gd in May.
Winter Thunder 5-4fav (9-0) In touch on inside, driven and outpaced over 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Zman Awal (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Dalmatia (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) In rear, never near leaders, 9th of 16, 11l behind Folk Melody (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (5) gf in Jul.
Statsminister 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind most of way, 10th of 14, 16l behind Bragging (9-0) at Windsor 1m fll mdn stks (5) gf in May.