Bin Singspiel's run of placed efforts came to an abrupt end over this trip at Musselburgh and he looks exposed now. BATTALION was always struggling on debut at Chester after missing the break but, to his credit, recovered to hold every chance before being hampered on the final turn. That will have taught him plenty and he should take all the beating in this small field. Shababeek, fourth under a hands and heels ride over a mile at Salisbury in the autumn, has bags of scope and will be winning soon while both Perfect Spell and Madame Vestris should leave their debut efforts behind in time.
Crystal Monarch (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Started slowly, behind, reminders halfway, soon struggling tailed off, 7th of 9, 36l behind Scottish Vespers (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Battalion (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, not clear run on inner and switched right inside final 2f, switched left over 1f out, ridden disputing well held 3rd final furlong until outpaced to 5th in closing stages, 5th of 12, 6l behind Space Ship (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (3) gf in May.
Bin Singspiel 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Emerging (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Perfect Spell 12-1 (8-12) Held up behind, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 12l behind Excellent Result (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Shababeek (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Well in rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, hung right and strong run under hand riding inside final furlong, not much room but finished well in closing stages, 4th of 15, 4l behind Magog (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Madame Vestris (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, ran green over 2f out, outpaced well over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on again inside final furlong, never a threat, 8th of 14, 9l behind Songbird (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gs in May.