Goodwood Mirage was given a rating of 96 on the Flat after finishing fourth in a Listed race at Ascot in October. That puts him in a different league to another debutante, Grey Blue, though the latter did win over 1m as a two-year-old and should stay the trip. AFTER EIGHT SIVOLA jumped poorly and soon lost touch on his racecourse debut at Chepstow in October but was very green. He's likely to have improved significantly since then and, being bred to jump hurdles, could find the necessary to open his account here and soft ground shouldn't be a problem. Sun Wild Life was only beaten half-a-length at Fontwell on his UK debut but is nothing special.
After Eight Sivola (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, hit 2nd and next, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Keltus (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Classic Art 100-1 (10-12) Last pair, mistake 3rd, driven and struggling after 4 out, blundered next, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Vicenzo Mio (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Awkwardly away and slow into stride, in rear, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Nichols Canyon (9-0) at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct (flat).
Grey Blue (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and slight stumble start, held up towards rear, pushed along and headway on inside over 3f out, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, chasing winner and held when edged left entering final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct (flat).
Hidden Link 33-1 (9-0) Always behind, 7th of 9, 40l behind Legends (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep (flat).
Sun Wild Life (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 2nd, strongly challenged after 3 out, hit last, headed close home, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Muhtaris (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
The Green Ogre 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 4th, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, mistake 2 out, blundered last, 13th of 14, 43l behind Dawalan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Fruity Bun 22-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 17l behind Rakticate (8-6) at Nottingham 1m 2yo sll (6) sft in Oct '12 (flat).