Ex Ex makes his belated debut. A 260,000gns purchase as a yearling, he won't have to be anything special to get involved, but OSTRALEGUS looks a safer bet. The latter returned from over a year off the track with decent fourth at Kempton and has more scope than the remainder. Both Assertive Agent and Birdie Queen are thoroughly exposed and were separated by only a length when finishing down the field at Bath earlier in the season. The remaining pair have shown nothing so far and are easily overlooked.
Ex Ex Exceed And Excel gelding out of Temple Of Thebes.
Ostralegus 3-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, pushed along and effort over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, never going pace to challenge and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd last strides, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Martial Art (9-5) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Assertive Agent 5-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Tiger's Home (9-0) at Bath 6f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Birdie Queen 12-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Harpers Ruby 66-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 6, 33l behind Barbados Bob (9-0) at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Mrs Gorsky 80-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, last of 10, 46l behind Duke of Grazeon (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.