There is plenty to recommend ILLUMINATIVE in this maiden and he gets the vote over Classically and Ask The Oracle. John Gosden has already been amongst the winners this month and Illuminative showed enough on his debut, despite running green, to make him the one to beat. He has the benefit of a good draw today and if he can build on his debut run when he was second behind Espero he should take plenty of beating. The horse that finished third in that race, Mr Udagawa, has since been out and won so the form does have a solid look about it. Clasically looks the main danger as he wasn't beaten far back in a maiden last time out. He had previously been a little disappointing in handicap company but he deserves to break his duck and he shouldn't be far away at the finish. Ask The Oracle showed promise on his debut at Wolverhampton when he finished second behind Smart Endeavour. He was no match for the winner that day but he was doing his best work at the finish and this slightly longer trip should suit. Bowsers Beau was well beaten on his debut at Sandown and on that evidence it is hard to see him troubling the judge here. We will stick Illuminative as the one to beat.
Balais Folly (FR) 14-1 (8-3) Unseated rider and loose to post, slow into stride, soon in touch, ridden 4f out, struggling final 3f, 8th of 10, 12l behind Siena Star (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2f sell hcp (6) gs in Oct '08.
Ask The Oracle 33-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along towards rear, headway well over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Smart Endeavour (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Bowsers Beau 9-4 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden and effort on outside over 2f to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 14l behind Paisley (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Classically (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Mid-division on outside, headway to chase leaders 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Luc Jordan (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Dom Polski 10-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 11, 14l behind Sham Sheer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Final Drive (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Quinsman (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Illuminative (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon recovered into mid division, headway on outside over 4f out, ran green from well over 1f out, finished well to take 2nd post, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Espero (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Silvester 66-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always behind, 11th of 12, 29l behind Woodlark Island (9-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Bahamian Mouse (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 30l behind Diktat Queen (9-0) at Chepstow 7f 3yo mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep.
Barathea's Acclaim 33-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 13l behind Lady Francesca (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Herecomethegirls 20-1 (8-5) Held up, never a factor, 6th of 9, 15l behind Lady Francesca (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.