High Time Too and Neamour were placed in maiden company last time and Mandy The Nag won her maiden on the Fibresand at Southwell in November. MAGIQUE also makes her handicap debut having won at Wolverhampton at the end of last year. With further progress expected, Jeremy Noseda's filly gets the nod in this. Colour Shades and Thwart will have both come on for recent pipe-openers on Turf but neither of the Johnston pair, Open Letter and World Map, make much appeal on their recent form.
Magique (IRE) 4-7fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, always travelling well, led just inside final furlong, pushed clear, redily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Mosman (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
High Time Too (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led briefly inside final furlong, soon hung right then left and held after, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind King Muro (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Color Shades 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Disclaimer (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Neamour 9-4fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 2l behind Lilbourne Eliza (9-0) at Chester 7f 2yo stks (4) hvy in Sep.
Mandy The Nag (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Settled in rear but in touch, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov beating Anjuna Beach (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Open Letter (IRE) 9-4fav (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, one pace and no impression final 2f, 6th of 9, 7l behind Good Speech (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Thwart 9-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace and just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Love Marmalade (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
World Map (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) In touch towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 6, 6l behind Relentless (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.