ABSOLUTELY SO was a little keen on his debut at Newbury but was still less than a length behind winner Carry On Sidney. This looks less competitive and Andrew Balding's colt should recoup losses today if an outside draw doesn't prove too much of a disadvantage. After placed efforts at Newmarket and Windsor, Whipper Snapper took on decent opposition at Goodwood in July. He shouldn't be far away if a break has done him some good but Overrider weakened quickly at Windsor last month. Kohlaan represents powerful connections but has already been gelded and the well-bred filly Timeless Appeal is a more interesting newcomer.
Absolutely So (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, held up, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Carry On Sydney (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Birdie King 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, hampered well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 8l behind Tartary (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Instinctual Observatory gelding out of Be Glad.
Kohlaan (IRE) Elusive City gelding out of Rock Salt.
Overrider 8-1 (9-3) Restless in stalls, led on near side rail, headed 2f out, soon ridden, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Pivotal Movement (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Whipper Snapper (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 12th of 17, 10l behind Blessington (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Direct Trade 9-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, stayed near side in straight, ridden halfway, no progress and soon beaten, 5th of 6, 14l behind Oscars Journey (9-3) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Oct.
Guru Baby 200-1 (8-12) Outpaced in rear, lost touch halfway, tailed off, last of 12, 33l behind Don Marco (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Indigo Moon Sleeping Indian filly out of Ewenny.
Maisie's Moon (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Led, headed inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 15l behind Fort Knox (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Timeless Appeal (IRE) Kheleyf filly out of Elegant Times.
Underwhelm 22-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Constant Dream (8-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs.