Some of the newcomers are worth a second look including Kept and A'Juba, a half-brother to the useful Alexandros. It remains to be seen what sort of impression Claude Monet can make on his racecourse debut, however, and there's a couple of doubts regarding the leading contenders with experience. Sir Francis Drake is dropping back in trip for his belated reappearance and Narcissist hung badly in the closing stages when third at Lingfield on his latest start. REGISTER travelled well but faded quickly in the final furlong when starting favourite at Yarmouth last time but his earlier third at Newbury is working out well and Bill Muir's charge gets another chance here.
Fast Samurai (USA) 5-1 (8-8) Awkward and lost many lengths at start, caught field up 6f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 11, 20l behind Countermarch (7-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar '11.
Sir Francis Drake 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 6l behind Highland Castle (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Jun '11.
A'juba Kingmambo colt out of Arlette.
Avalanche 5-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Stirring Ballad (8-12) at Folkestone 7f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jul.
Balcary Bay 33-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Nadema Rose (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) sft in Jul.
Dubawi Island (FR) 14-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 13l behind The Tiger (9-12) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Jul.
Kept Pivotal colt out of Possessed.
Narcissist (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders on inside, effort on rails and hung left over 1f out, one pace and well held when ridden and hung right towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Niger (9-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 150-1 (9-0) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened inside final 3f, 15th of 16, 39l behind Nabucco (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Jun.
Register (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, faded, 4th of 9, 8l behind Lahaag (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Tribal I D (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Van De Cappelle.
Magma 16-1 (8-12) Raced far side, tracked winner, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 23l behind Zamdy Man (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Jul.
Siena Street 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened halfway, 10th of 14, 21l behind Catherine Laboure (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Claude Monet Vettori colt out of Femme Fatale.