A half-brother to a Grade 2 winner in the USA, Saarrem makes his racecourse debut and any strong support in the betting could prove significant. Belrog will no doubt be winning over middle-distances this year having shown promise in both starts over a mile last term. Passionate Affair has the more recent form with a second at Wolverhampton to his credit and makes more appeal than Trafalgar Rock, while much better is expected from the 150,000gns colt Tactical Strike. But the vote goes to MORNING WATCH, third at Kempton in November to Groovejet, who went on to land a treble.
Belrog 9-4fav (9-5) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Warrior Of Light (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Morning Watch (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Groovejet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Oakbank (USA) Empire Maker gelding out of Summer Shower.
Passionate Affair (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Went right start led, ridden 2f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind L'avenue (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Saarrem (USA) Dynaformer colt out of Effectual.
Tactical Strike 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 15l behind Mannaro (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Trafalgar Rock 11-8fav (8-6) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 10f out, pushed along 8f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Officer Drivel (8-6) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Mambo Rhythm 7-2 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked winner until 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Shimba Hills (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.