An intriguing maiden with some very nicely-bred newcomers taking on experienced rivals. Great Demeanor and will probably be suited by this longer trip while Rouge Nuage made a promising start here in December when he stayed on strongly after missing the break. ARYAL came up against two more experienced rivals when making his debut here earlier this month and ran green at a crucial stage. With that under his belt he'll take some beating though both Lignum Vitae, who is a half-brother to six winners, and the filly Nadmah, who should stay much further than this, are worth noting in the betting.
Aryal 3-1fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, hd behind Little Buxted (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Continental Divide (IRE) Kheleyf gelding out of Leenane.
Great Demeanor (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Staffhoss (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Lignum Vitae Vita Rosa gelding out of Pat Or Else.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ran green in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, pushed along and ran on well to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind St Paul De Vence (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Nadmah Sakhee filly out of Hamsat Elqamar.
Royal Barge (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, 13th of 14, 32l behind Secret Gesture (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (4) hvy in Oct.