SAHARA KINGDOM wins a tentative vote ahead of Essexbridge and High Importance. We touched on Noseda's record at the track in the first division which brings the well related High Importance into the picture but Godolphin have a strong record in this race having landed both divisions in 2008 and one in 2007. Two of those three scored at the first time of asking which bodes well for the chances of Sahara Kingdom, a choicely bred 200,000 euro purchase. Frequency and Moose Moran are another pair of well bred newcomers whilst Essexbridge shaped pleasingly on debut when a length behind Verdant who runs in the first division. Baralaka has shown promise on both starts but may be seen to better effect once handicapping so is passed over today with the statistics pointing the way to Sahara Kingdom.
Baralaka 66-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along on outside halfway, outpaced 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind San Cassiano (8-9) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Call Of The Kings 14-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along to chase leaders, switched right 2f out, never pace to challenge, 4th of 5, 8l behind Sabii Sands (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Draco Boy 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Sierra Alpha (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Essexbridge 15-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden and slightly outpaced entering final 2f, ran on towards finish, 4th of 6, 1 1/4l behind Forgotten Army (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Fivefold (USA) Hennessy colt out of Calming.
Foxtrot Foxtrot 50-1 (9-3) Chased leader to 2f out, weakened quickly, 8th of 10, 21l behind Get A Grip (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Sep.
Frequency 25-1 (9-3) Steadied start, soon switched right, held up in rear, kept on from over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 15, 9l behind No Explaining (8-12) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
High Importance (USA) Arch colt out of Music Lane.
Moose Moran (USA) Lemon Drop Kid colt out of After All.
Round Won (USA) 80-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 3f out, hung left well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Sharaayeen (9-0) at Ffos Las 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Sahara Kingdom (IRE) Cozzene colt out of Rose Indien.
Sonny G (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, slightly hampered 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Regency Art (9-3) at Warwick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Tamarind Hill (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Always behind, last of 14, 17l behind Pastoral Player (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.