Flat racing on Turf may be over for another year but today's all-weather card starts off with two very competitive-looking maidens. Belrog showed plenty of promise at Salisbury while Bury Pacer was only beaten a head over course and distance last time. Mountain Lion has his sights lowered and Canova caught the eye at Newbury, though a drop back to 7f may suit the latter. Roger Charlton also runs Hooded and he's one of several newcomers to consider along with the dirt-bred Classic Devotion and FOREVER NOW. The latter is a full brother to the stable's Shantaram, who won a Group 3 as a three-year-old and was also second in last year's Lingfield Derby Trial, run on the Polytrack. He is fancied to make a winning debut.
Artistic Flame 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 9l behind Tanqeya (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Belrog 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Field Of Fame (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy in Oct.
Bury Pacer (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, not clear run over 2f out, switched right and headway soon after, ran on inside final furlong, every chance close home, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Billingsgate (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Canova (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Prominent, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Strait Run (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Captain Morley Hernando colt out of Oval Office.
Chinotto (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 18, 24l behind Master The World (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Classic Devotion (USA) Street Cry colt out of Serenading.
Forever Now Galileo colt out of All's Forgotten.
Grey Odyssey Verglas gelding out of Reading Habit.
Hooded (USA) Empire Maker colt out of Yashmak.
Mountain Lion (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Seagull Star (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct.
Rapid Advance 3-1 (9-0) Slow into stride in rear, pushed along over 2f out, no impression, last of 7, 20l behind Cordite (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Rydan (IRE) Intense Focus colt out of Lough Mewin.
Warrior Of Light (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, ridden and effort over 2f out, soon switched right, one pace and no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Marzocco (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.