NARBOROUGH won't get many easier opportunities to open his account. He's having his first start since September but is rated much higher than today's rivals and won't need to be at his best to finally get off the mark. Purford Green and Countess Lupus make no appeal on what little they've shown so far and Monashka Bay was tailed off on his racecourse debut at Kempton back in June.
Purford Green 50-1 (9-1) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Upper Grosvenor (9-6) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Monashka Bay (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 24l behind Talksalot (8-10) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.
Narborough 5-1fav (9-7) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no chance with winner, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Tinsill (8-10) at Beverley 5f 2yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Countess Lupus (IRE) 66-1 (8-2) Ridden along in mid-division on outside, driven over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 8l behind Saffire Song (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.