There should be more to come from Alraased this year but Tadgh O'Shea presumably had the pick of Hamdan Al Maktoum's two runners and has opted instead for Roger Varian's newcomer Afraah. Marshgate Lane and Caption can't be ignored on debut and Gravitate is now tried in blinkers after disappointing when favourite at Ripon, though this looks more competitive. PEARL WAR also failed to justify market support on her latest start, at Lingfield in October, but that run was too bad to be true and she's been given plenty of time to recover. An earlier fourth here has worked out well and Willie Haggas' filly can recoup losses today.
Alraased (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Steadied start, pulled hard, detached, headway entering final 2f, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Beaufort Twelve (8-11) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Gravitate 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, chased winner inside final 2f, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened and lost 3rd final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 7l behind Hawaiian Storm (8-9) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Hawkino (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up last, pushed along and struggling in rear when hung badly right inside final 2f, tailed off, last of 6, 26l behind Priestley's Reward (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Mankini (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 14l behind Utterance (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Marshgate Lane (USA) Medaglia D'oro colt out of Louvain.
Sandy Lane (IRE) Elusive City gelding out of Ipanema Beach.
Touch Gold (IRE) 15-8 (9-2) Slowly away, held up in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Pilgrims Rest (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Afraah (USA) Hard Spun filly out of Sarayir.
Caption Motivator filly out of Razzle.
Karistar (IRE) 100-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 14l behind Trade Commissioner (9-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Pearl War (USA) 7-4fav (9-0) Raced wide in rear, ridden and tried to improve 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 8l behind Cantal (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Shahrazad (IRE) Cape Cross filly out of Khulasah.
Virginia Galilei (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Held up, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 25l behind Inthar (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in May.