Alfaayza sets the standard with an official rating of 73. That gives her plenty in hand with Habdab as both step up in distance. Third Strike looks sure to do better stretching out to this trip after an ordinary debut over 7f here and Swivel is a newcomer to note for the Johnston yard. Miss Verdoyante has shown nothing so far, but ANGLO IRISH was beaten less than a length on his debut over a mile at Kempton. A half-brother to a couple of middle-distance winners, he gets the nod to open his account in this.
Anglo Irish 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Billy Blue (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Confucius Legend (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, headway over 6f out, led 5f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, ran green and lost place from over 2f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Sheila's Footsteps (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Fractal 25-1 (9-5) Behind, never a factor, 10th of 14, 8l behind Billy Blue (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Swivel Shirocco colt out of Pivotal Drive.
Third Strike 66-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Tree Of Grace (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Zealand (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Outpaced, 13th of 14, 17l behind New Colours (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Alfaayza (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 17l behind Lesha (9-5) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Habdab 20-1 (9-1) Switched left start, held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 6, 6l behind Castle Combe (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Miss Verdoyante 33-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always behind and outpaced, tailed off 2f out, 8th of 10, 45l behind Dutch Rifle (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.