With a rating of 97 after finishing fourth in the Lowther at York, MERLETTA was expected to open her account at Haydock last month. She found one too good in Coral Mist as it turned out, but that defeat now looks better in hindsight as the latter went on to land a Group 3 race. Jeremy Noseda's filly is hard to oppose in this with only Potentate looking a possible challenger of those with experience and the newcomers will need to be above average. Celestial Knight is preferred of those ahead of Crafted and Sir Robert Cheval.
Celestial Knight Compton Place gelding out of Garter Star.
Crafted (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Designed.
Excedo Praecedo 25-1 (9-0) Soon led, joined 2f out, soon ridden and headed, hung left and weakened quickly over 1f out, 11th of 13, 20l behind Wickhambrook (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Monsieur Lavene (IRE) Kodiac colt out of Sign Of Luck.
Potentate (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Good speed from wide draw to lead, pushed clear over 2f out, no extra and headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Best Kept (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Sir Robert Cheval Green Desert colt out of Aunt Ruby.
Merletta 6-4 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Coral Mist (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) gs in Sep.