MUTAKAYYEF was beaten on his racecourse debut at Newmarket in October but is held in high regard going by a list of fancy entries. He's Paul Hanagan's choice ahead of the newcomer Matalleb and gets the vote. The latter's trainer also introduces the 120,000gns colt Villainous while Elite Force and Sleeper are other newcomers to note. Brown Diamond made a promising start at Headquarters in September and Isabella Bird ran well at this track on her debut. Dursey Island has a shout on his narrow-margin defeat at Lingfield while Hanno showed enough last year to suggest he'll be winning before long.
Dursey Island (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Close up, riden to chase winner over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 10, shd behind Alex Vino (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Elite Force (IRE) Medicean gelding out of Amber Queen.
Hanno (USA) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, joined for 3rd post, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Secret Archive (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Hoy Hoy (IRE) Iffraaj colt out of Luxie.
I Am Not Here (IRE) Amadeus Wolf colt out of Newgate Lodge.
Inspector Norse Norse Dancer colt out of Indiana Blues.
Leftrightleftright (IRE) Tagula gelding out of Henrietta Mews.
Matalleb (USA) Elusive Quality gelding out of Our Rite Of Spring.
Mutakayyef 9-2fav (9-0) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Pretzel (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Silver Duke (IRE) Papal Bull colt out of Dumaani's Dream.
Triple Chief (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Trebles.
Villainous (IRE) Pivotal colt out of Infamous Angel.
Brown Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 3l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep.
Isabella Bird 2-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression 1f out, 5th of 12, 6l behind Magnus Maximus (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Sleeper Rail Link filly out of Guermantes.