This appears to be as competitive a finale as one could wish to find but there have been two winning favourites in three years and PASTORAL PLAYER may be able to follow in the footsteps of Sakhee's Secret who landed the odds for Hughie Morrison three years ago. Racy and Comedy Hall are just two of the many dangers. The selection has more to prove than his illustrious stablemate as he rather blotted his copybook with a couple of moody performances following a debut that was rather more impressive than the winning margin of a neck suggests. However, he could be leniently treated as a result if his connections can channel his undoubted ability and the market could provide a decent pointer. Racy represents a yard that went close to landing this prize last term and could be on a fair mark as may Sunraider be as the form of his Windsor maiden win looks fairly strong. Comedy Hall is more exposed but shapes as though he'll have more to offer this season for his top connections but Pastoral Player is put forwards in the hope that he can go some way to fulfilling his initial promise.
Duplicity 10-3 (9-7) Tracked leaders, hard driven to challenge over 1f out, staying on when not much room close home, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Yer Woman (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Fratellino 50-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on, 5th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Classic Colori (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Swilly Ferry (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, improved to track leaders and nowhere to go over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 14l behind Layla's Hero (9-0) at York 6f 2yo Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Kaptain Kirkup (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up far side group, kept on same pace entering final furlong, 2nd of 22, 4l behind Lucky Like (8-6) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Mister Hughie (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear stands side group, kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 22, 6l behind Lucky Like (8-6) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Love Delta (USA) 15-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 4l behind Yer Woman (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Kingdom Of Munster (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 7, 19l behind Yer Woman (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Comedy Hall (USA) 11-1 (9-6) Always prominent, challenged 2f out, hung left and led over 1f out, ridden final furlong, kept on well, won at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Oct beating Ongoodform (9-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Colonel Mak 18-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Layla's Hero (9-4) at Doncaster 6f 2yo Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Pastoral Player 3-1fav (8-6) Dwelt, pulled hard, prominent after 1f, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not much room entering final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Rum King (8-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo & 3yo stk (3) gd in Oct.
Ghostwing 25-1 (9-0) Prominent, led 2f out, soon hard driven, headed 1f out, no extra, 4th of 7, 3l behind Yer Woman (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Ongoodform (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Classic Colori (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Edgewater (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Outpaced in rear, headway well over 1f out, led entering final furlong, hung left under pressure, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 7, hd behind Yer Woman (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Racy Evensfav (9-5) Tracked leader, led after 2f, ridden, headed, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Chaperno (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 2yo nov stks (4) pol in Oct.
Sunraider (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 19, 6l behind Swilly Ferry (8-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Gramercy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) In touch after 1f, shaken up to lead approaching 1f out, soon in command, comfortable, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Goddess Of Light (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Admiral Cochrane (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 13l behind Duellist (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Swiss Cross 4-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Leviathan (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Clifton Bridge 11-4 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating R Woody (9-0) by shd, 6 ran.
Folly Bridge 7-2 (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, ridden and stayed on to challenge for 2nd from 2f out, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Fremont (9-5) at Salisbury 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Sep.