MASQUERADE was third on the Fibresand on his debut so we know he handles an all-weather surface. Second on Turf at Southwell on his return to action, he should make it third-time lucky today. Towcester fourth Prouts Pub may be the danger as jockey bookings suggest he's preferred to stablemate Dark Mix. Rendezvous Peak may the prove the best of the newcomers but Nicky Henderson's Vodka 'n Tonic has a bit prove after running poorly on his second start at Market Rasen in May.
Dark Mix Fair Mix gelding out of Rose Marine.
Masquerade 4-1 (11-4) Raced wide and held up in touch, headway on outside to chase leaders 6f out, went 2nd over 2f out, risdden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, one pace and held inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Cogry (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Prouts Pub (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 5l behind Act Four (11-3) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Rendezvous Peak High-rise gelding out of Jurado Park.
Vodka 'n Tonic (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 5f out, went 2nd over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 26l behind Cape York (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Sirrah Star (IRE) Great Palm mare out of Simply Deep.