This is tricky as all three newcomers look capable of picking up an ordinary maiden. Zain Joy and Artistical are related to plenty of winners and the 75,000gns colt Moortahan is worth keeping an eye on representing the Hannon yard. Those with experience are looking to replicate last year's best efforts but Kept went backwards after his second at Ripon and Country Western was unable to match a debut third at Newmarket in a couple of subsequent starts. STRICTLY SILCA also disappointed having finished runner-up in Listed company at Ascot in July but Mick Channon landed a double on the all-weather during the week and his filly gets the speculative vote to make a winning return.
Kept 7-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 11, 37l behind A'juba (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Artistical (IRE) Excellent Art colt out of Royale Figurine.
Country Western 4-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, driven halfway, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 10l behind Banovallum (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Moortahan Dutch Art colt out of Rotunda.
Strictly Silca 5-1 (8-12) Raced far side tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Zanetto (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Zain Joy (CAN) Survivalist filly out of Zawaahy.