Punditry is making hard work of losing his maiden tag and it could pay to look elsewhere. Arbaah is less exposed and finished a creditable fifth on her comeback. She makes more appeal than Velvetina, who hasn't raced since July, but Optical is worth a second glance in the betting on her racecourse debut. PLAYBILL was unfancied on her debut over 7f at Kempton in September and she finished a modest sixth. But her dam's side is packed with stamina and a much improved effort from Sir Michael Stoute's filly is expected today.
Al Zein 15-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind George Cinq (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Fitzwilly 33-1 (9-5) Ridden and struggling 3f out, always towards rear, 11th of 16, 19l behind Cape Peron (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gs in Apr.
Money Talks Motivator gelding out of Movie Mogul.
Punditry 3-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Nearly Caught (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Arbaah (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 5th of 16, 3l behind Banoffee (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.
Optical Observatory filly out of Blueberry.
Playbill 14-1 (9-0) Switched right after start, held up towards rear, pushed along on outside 2f out, some late moderate headway, 6th of 12, 7l behind Intiba (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Sakhee's Alround 100-1 (9-0) Towards rear, raced stand side group from over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon hung right and weakened, 13th of 15, 19l behind Perfect Haven (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (4) gf in Apr.
Velvetina (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly away, green in rear, headway when very green and not much room entering final 2f, kept on inside final furlong, may do better, 6th of 10, 9l behind Ollie Olga (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo stks (4) gs in Jul.