An interesting nursery for the track where FLEETING ECHO is the selection to turn the tables on Freeforaday, while Gouray Girl and Marine Spirit are respected. The last-named sports first-time headgear and represents Godolphin, who have done well with their juveniles this time. The American-bred colt has not quite been up to it in two nurseries since landing a Folkestone maiden over this trip in August, being a beaten favourite on both occasions. The headgear may help sharpen his focus and he is respected from a 2lbs lower mark. Gouray Girl is 5lbs higher than when runner-up at Goodwood last time, but she still looks capable of improving and after just two starts is not one to be writing off lightly here. Freeforaday is 4lbs worse off with the selection for finishing threequarters-of-a-length ahead of him at Newbury earlier in the month and it should be close enough between the pair of them. However, we are taking the literal interpretation of that form and siding with Richard Hannon's charge. The filly is now 17lbs higher than her only nursery success, but she has run some very competitive races while climbing the weights and this could be her night. Chips O'Toole has a very solid profile but an unkind draw, while Sir Mark Prescott hopes that headgear for the first time will get course and distance maiden winner Interlace back on the right track, and money for her would be interesting. Fleeting Echo is the one for us.
Chips O'toole (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Led narrowly, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind The Only Boss (9-5) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd.
Freeforaday (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Behind, pushed along 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, chased leader entering final furlong, ridden and quickened to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Fleeting Echo (8-12) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Marine Spirit (GER) 7-2fav (8-11) Dwelt, soon mid-division, effort over 1f out, soon every chance, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Bossy Kitty (7-12) at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gd.
Kings Of Leo 33-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, edged left and weakened approaching final furlong, last of 10, 11l behind Citrus Star (9-4) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (4) gf.
Fleeting Echo 17-2 (8-12) In touch, headway and quickened to lead approaching final furlong, driven inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Freeforaday (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge and every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Chips O'toole (9-6) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Interlace 4-1 (9-7) Chased winner, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Transfixed (8-13) at Catterick 7f 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
High Spice (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Farmers Wish (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, narrow lead halfway, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 6l behind Freeforaday (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Avongate 22-1 (9-7) Raced towards centre, chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 11, 14l behind Mister Hughie (9-6) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
So Surreal (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and carried head awkwardly and progress over 1f out, hard driven final furlong, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Suranam (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.