Richard Hannon is already on the score-sheet and he should find a race for Miss Brazil before long. Shimba Hills ran well at Wolverhampton last month while Secret Pursuit improved with every run over the winter. Alexanor and Master Dan are unexposed but so is MISS SOPHISTICATED and David Barron's filly, who stepped up markedly on previous efforts when a close third over 7f at Beverley on her final start last year, looks the type to do well in handicaps this season. She's hasn't been overburdened by the assessor. Top weight Golden Spear may need this but is worth monitoring in the betting.
Golden Spear 5-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind Focusofourthoughts (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Boogangoo (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, effort on inside over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 6, 9l behind Collaboration (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Alexanor (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Led, under pressure over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rite To Reign (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Shimba Hills 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Collaboration (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Miss Brazil (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Much Promise (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Hickster (IRE) 11-8fav (8-11) Went right start, always prominent, led over 3f out, clear 2f out, ran on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Oct beating Rural Affair (8-6) by 7l, 11 ran.
Gannicus 50-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Pretzel (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Miaplacidus (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leader until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Gown (8-13) at Sandown 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Secret Pursuit (IRE) 7-1 (7-9) Held up in touch, smooth headway 3f out, tracked leading pair over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead final 100 yards, soon clear, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Clear Spell (8-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Miss Sophisticated 25-1 (8-8) Close up, went 2nd 5f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Eddiemaurice (8-11) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.
Master Dan 12-1 (9-5) Slow into stride soon close up, ridden halfway, chased leader 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Lesha (9-5) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Tyrsal (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leader until 4f out, tracked leaders, ridden and no impression over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, not trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Trinity Lorraine (8-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sweet Alibi (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven and effort on outside over 2f out to over 1f out, no impression with front pair final furlong, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Jazzy Lady (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.