WENT THE DAY WELL got into top gear all too late in slow ground at Haydock on his debut, but still nearly caught the winner and he'll know more here. He's a tentative selection ahead of Epsom third Zaeem and Mysterious Man, who was unfancied for his debut at Newbury but finished a close-up fourth. Thomas Chippendale and Rogue Reporter have some catching up to do to get involved, but the newcomers Villa Royale and Hallmark Star are related to Listed race winners and are worth keeping an eye on.
Hallmark Star Nayef gelding out of Spring.
Jericho (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Ambivalent (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Mysterious Man (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Held up in last pair, headway over 3f out, green, hung left and outpaced over 2f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Cavaleiro (9-2) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (2) gs in Sep.
Rogue Reporter (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, driven inside final 2f, weakened soon after, 5th of 12, 10l behind King Of Wing (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Storm King Shamardal colt out of Tarandot.
Thomas Chippendale (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Close up on outer, ridden halfway, weakening when short of room and snatched up over 1f out, 10th of 17, 13l behind Rugged Cross (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (2) gs in Aug.
Went The Day Well (USA) 28-1 (9-0) Dwelt and hampered start, headway 2f out, ran on final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Mazeydd (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Zaeem 14-1 (8-12) Always prominent, challenged over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Tidy Affair (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Sep.
Emperors Waltz (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden halfway, some late modest headway, never on terms, 6th of 10, 11l behind Holiday Reading (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Key Gold 9-1 (9-0) In touch in mid-division on inside, pushed along over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 15, 17l behind Tactfully (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gf in Sep.
Villa Royale Val Royal filly out of Villa Carlotta.