Major Surprise should be in the thick of the action once again though he hasn't actually improved that much from his debut at Haydock in a couple of subsequent starts. But WEALTH should have come on for his debut fourth at Chester and the runner-up has since boosted the form with a victory. Richard Fahey's colt gets the nod given Porthos Du Vallon was still beaten 10 lengths when placed on his latest outing and the newcomer Maracuja makes more appeal as she's related to the high-class Viva Pataca.
Major Surprise (USA) 9-4 (9-5) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon edged left, not quicken, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Art Wave (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Porthos Du Vallon 33-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, stayed on same pace and no impression, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Stormardal (9-5) at Carlisle 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Wealth 16-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, in rear, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 5l behind Master Of Finance (9-1) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Aug.
Maracuja Medicean filly out of Blinking.
Neuf Des Coeurs 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 5l behind Makin The Rules (9-5) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.