Luca Cumani's runners usually come on for their reappearance run so further improvement is expected from COMMITMENT after he ploughed through the mud to score at Pontefract earlier this month. The better ground and longer trip will be in his favour and he can follow up. There's no shortage of dangers, however, as Whipcrackaway continued his good progress with an easy win at Goodwood last time and Eshaab won a handicap at Pontefract on the same day as the selection on his latest start. Expert Fighter makes his handicap and seasonal debut having got off the mark at Brighton and Waterclock scored at the first time of asking at Nottingham last year. Deia Sunrise is yet another with claims in an open race.
Waterclock (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway well over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct beating Hefner (9-3) by shd, 12 ran.
Commitment 2-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) hvy beating Finity Run (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Deia Sunrise (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, stayed on strongly, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Sparkling Portrait (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Eshaab (USA) 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, soon led, held on towards finish, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy beating Only Orsenfoolsies (8-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Expert Fighter (USA) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, readily, won at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Oct beating Siouxperhero (9-3) by 4l, 10 ran.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating Nicholascopernicus (9-3) by 4l, 13 ran.
Hint Of Mint 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leader until over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to chased winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Mister Music (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 2yo stks (3) gd in Sep.
Pilgrims Rest (IRE) 8-13fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, niggled along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 4, 17l behind Awesome Pearl (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Wreaths of Empire (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 13, 25l behind Whipcrackaway (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.