MAGIC MINSTREL makes plenty of appeal. He was having only his second start when beaten less than a length over C&D last month and Andrew Balding's charge can go one better with normal improvement. Our Play produced a better effort on his seasonal debut at Newmarket in June, but has been off the track since and steps up in trip, while French import Winning Spark has placed form on the all-weather at Deauville and can figure after a couple of outings on turf for Gary Moore. Ultimate Best has a bit to find with the selection on earlier form and showed little improvement when runner-up here last time.
Four Steps Back 50-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, outpaced 4f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 13l behind Evergreen Forest (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Winning Spark (USA) 50-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 12, 14l behind Gunslinger (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Princess Runner 20-1 (8-12) Raced wide held up, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 12l behind Pertuis (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Sioux City Sue 50-1 (8-12) Slowly away, always behind, struggling 4f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 9th of 10, 30l behind Zemario (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug '09.
Sunshine Buddy 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders 5f, last of 12, 31l behind Arkaim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Dollar Deal 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened approaching final 2f, 5th of 12, 15l behind Satwa Dream (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Magic Minstrel 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, nk behind Passion Play (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Our Play (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 8l behind Maraheb (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Ultimate Best 15-2 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Evergreen Forest (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.