An interesting maiden with Film Set, Noverre To Go, Shabib, Sunniva Duke and King's Siren all having shown a decent level of form. Gauging how much improvement they are going to make between runs at this formative stage of their careers is not straightforward so our selection, FILM SET, could not be a confident pick. A couple of factors swung the vote in favour of the Godolphin colt whose sales price rose dramatically between one and two. Firstly, the fact that he was very well backed ahead of his debut at Pontefract where he showed a likeable attitude to only go down narrowly to a more experienced rival with the pair clear of the field. Secondly, that the form looks solid with the third going on to run a decent yardstick close on his next start whilst another bonus is that the yard boasts a one in four strike rate with their juveniles at this venue. Noverre To Go's Dewhurst entry may be flying too high but he wouldn't need to improve significantly on his form to win this. His problem is that Shabib and Film Set have already run to a comparable level and are arguably open to more improvement if they build on their runs. That can't be taken for granted though as Sunniva Duke's flop at Haydock burnt plenty of fingers. The maiden that Shabib ran in is beginning to work out and could prove to be useful form; Barry Hills' colt must be respected. It took a while for the penny to drop with King's Siren at Warwick but she ran on nicely once it had. The market will no doubt help to shed some light on hopes and expectations but we'll nominate Film Set to lead them home.
Fantastic Dubai (USA) Storm Cat colt, half-brother to numerous winners from 6f-1m including useful 6f & 7f winner Ya Hajar.
Film Set (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, good headway on inner over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 14, hd behind Calligrapher (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sept.
Mezzoforte (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Mid-division until weakened over 2f out, last of 15, 19l behind Enact (8-12) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sept.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 6-5fav (9-3) Raced keenly, soon led, pressed and kept on well from 2f out, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, kept on, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Truism (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn auc (5) gf.
Shabib (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 2l behind Archie Rice (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn auc (4) gf in Sept.
Sunniva Duke (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 10, 14l behind Alyarf (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sept.
Allexes (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, raced towards far side, behind most of way, 8th of 11, 11l behind Cumana Bay (8-12) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sept.
Feet of Fury Deportivo filly out of Fury Dance.
King's Siren (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along, well in rear, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 10l behind Nora Mae (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) gd in Sept.
Rag And Bone (CAN) Street Cry filly out of Something Mon.