MUNFALLET failed to land the odds over 7f here on his return to action. He'll be sharper today with first-time blinkers helping his cause and gets a chance to make amends. Dark Leopard also disappointed last time having gone close on his debut in soft ground at Newbury while Garraun found only one too good when sent off favourite on his racecourse debut at Kempton in December. Throw in the likely improver Mutawathea, as well as the newcomer Dorset Gift, and the selection won't have things all his own way in an open contest.
Dark Leopard 11-8fav (9-5) Led, headed over 2f out, 3rd and one pace over 1f out, well held by leading pair final furlong, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Scrutiny (9-5) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Munfallet (IRE) 4-6fav (9-5) Held up mid-division in 5th, headway to go 2nd 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken last 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Passing By (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Mutawathea 7-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th close home, 4th of 10, 6l behind Our Generation (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Dorset Gift Royal Applause filly out of Cefira.
Garraun (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Rearing in stalls, tracked leading trio, pushed along and not quicken 2f out, stayed on under pressure over 1f out, went 2nd final 110 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Lady Crossmar (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Perrydot (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Prominent, went 2nd 4f out, hung badly left from approaching final 2f, soon lost 2nd, weakened inside final furlong, ended on near side rail and eased towards finish, 5th of 6, 6l behind Walk With An Angel (8-13) at Kempton 6f mdn fll (5) pol in Feb.