A hot maiden on paper but, having saddled last year's winner, John Gosden will be hoping that OBSIDIAN will be smart enough to deliver on his first racecourse start. The trainer certainly should know the family well as he is a half-brother to Listed winner Fencing. The Cecils have had plenty of success in this race over the years, though Tacticus needs to step up markedly on his recent outing at Thirsk. Mooharrib and Connecticut ran better races on debut than their odds may have implied, while any market confidence behind the smartly-bred pair New Story and Rembrandt Van Rijn should not be ignored. Smiling Stranger shaped with plenty of promise on debut and, as the winner has gone on to be second in an Oaks trial at Lingfield, that line of form appears particularly strong.
Astronereus (IRE) Sea The Stars colt out of Marie Rheinberg.
Beaver Creek Three Valleys colt out of Delta.
Connecticut 20-1 (9-5) Raced stand side held up, headway 3f out when groups merged, ran on final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Munjaz (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Kamalaya Teofilo colt out of Saint Ann.
Karraar 4-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Melrose Abbey (8-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft.
Mange All 20-1 (9-5) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, hd behind Moontime (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Moohaarib (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division on inside, headway over 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Zaeemah (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Moshe (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Slowly away, tracked leaders 7f out, switched right 3f out, pushed along and ran on inside final furlong to go 2nd, no threat to winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Ravenous (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (4) gs in Apr.
New Story New Approach colt out of Al Hasnaa.
Obsidian (USA) Street Cry colt out of Latice.
Rembrandt Van Rijn (IRE) Peintre Celebre colt out of Private Life.
Rideonastar (IRE) Manduro gelding out of Capestar.
Rochambeau (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Led early, soon in rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, no threat, 7th of 12, 6l behind Adventure Seeker (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Smiling Stranger (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway entering final 2f, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Criteria (8-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Tacticus (USA) 4-5fav (8-9) Difficult loading in stalls, slowly into stride, soon in touch in mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, headway chasing leaders in 3rd over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 7l behind Tiger Lilly (8-4) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Molly On The Shore Halling filly out of Zahrtee.