John Gosden appears to have an inexhaustive supply of potentially decent three-year-olds and EAGLE TOP is another. It took a while for the penny to drop on his debut at Newbury but he quickened nicely to win comfortably in the end and, though the handicapper has taken no chances, can find the necessary to double his tally here. Montaly looks the danger after coming off the pace to beat Arantes over a shorter trip here at the start of the month as Tizlove Regardless has done all of his winning on Polytrack. Fun Mac is worth a second look, however, as he progressed well in his first season culminating in a victory at Haydock in October. He makes more appeal than Kempton runner-up Castle Combe and the quirky El Najmm.
Eagle Top 4-6fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly to lead towards finish, readily, won at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo mdn (4) gd beating Automated (9-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Montaly 6-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Arantes (8-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
El Najmm (IRE) 4-11fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along and one pace over 2f out, switched left to inside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Moonrise Landing (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Fun Mac (GER) 10-3 (9-5) In rear, headway on outer over 2f out, soon every chance, led and hung right over 1f out, finished under stand side rail, ridden out, won at Haydock 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct beating Personal Opinion (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Tizlove Regardless (USA) 4-9fav (8-10) Made all, ridden and flashed tail over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Libeccio (8-10) by 2 3/4l, 3 ran.
Castle Combe (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Storm Force Ten (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rite To Reign 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden approaching 2f out, eased when beaten inside final furlong, last of 3, 7l behind Tizlove Regardless (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.