SHORE STEP improved to finish third at Bath last time without threatening the winner. It was soft ground, however, and on that basis he's just preferred to Forbidden Fruit. The latter has shown steady progress, culminating in a fourth on the Polytrack, though was well beaten in testing ground on his debut. Wotalad has a bit of catching up to do but Truth Hurts is related to three winners including a Graded winner in America and may prove best of the newcomers.
Forbidden Fruit 16-1 (9-3) Dwelt, headway on outside to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Al Udeid (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Shore Step (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Dwelt, settled in rear, headway to chase leaders halfway, soon hung left, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind French Press (9-3) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Smokethatthunders (IRE) Elusive City gelding out of Zinstar.
Sweet Talking Guy (IRE) Oratorio gelding out of Sweet Namibia.
Truth Hurts Cockney Rebel gelding out of Vino Veritas.
Wotalad 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, driven 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f, never troubled leaders, 6th of 12, 8l behind Yorkshireman (8-11) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Oct.
Magic Ice Royal Applause filly out of Winter Ice.
Winter Song 28-1 (8-12) Outpaced, always behind, 14th of 15, 19l behind Senator Bong (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.