Could Be was well beaten in a handicap at Yarmouth last month but has been placed twice over this trip, including once around here. He has to go on the short-list along with the four-year-old Poyle Thomas, not disgraced on his belated debut at Sandown. But NELLIE FORBUSH should find this easier than the fillies' maiden she contested at Newmarket and she was third over a slightly shorter trip here on her debut. Ardaal may be capable of better but hasn't shown a great deal so far.
Play Tiger (FR) 100-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 13, 17l behind Initiator (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May '12.
Poyle Thomas 25-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, effort and headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 11l behind Excellent Result (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Ardaal 13-2 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, one pace from over 2f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Cranach (10-0) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Could Be 16-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Eshtiaal (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Qibtee (FR) 33-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 10th of 14, 14l behind Testudo (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Violet Dancer 25-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and no impression 2f out, ran on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 7l behind Velvetina (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in May.
Nellie Forbush 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, edged left and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 11l behind Riposte (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f mdn fll stks (5) gd in May.
Russian Link 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 15, 6l behind Court Pastoral (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf.