COVERT DESIRE was a shade unlucky not to score over this trip at Newcastle in June. He had a hard race that day but Mahmood Al Zarooni has given the colt plenty of time to recover and Frankie's presence in the saddle today suggests he's rated a better prospect than stablemate Montefeltro, who dead-heated for third on his debut at Pontefract. Eshtibaak could be the danger as he ran well when fifth in a hot maiden at Newbury in April, while Moon Over Water will be all the better for her third at Wolverhampton last month. Baraaya has her first start since finishing fourth on her racecourse debut at Newmarket in July last year, however, while Shieldmaiden needs to improve on what she's shown so far to figure. Millennium Star may be the pick of the remainder.
Cant Sell (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio until weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 39l behind Hayaku (8-12) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Cherry Tree Hill (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, switched right off rails over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, tailed off, 6th of 11, 29l behind Lady Chloe (8-8) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Covert Desire 11-2 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, struck on head by winning jockeys whip inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Miss Aix (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Eshtibaak (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt, settled in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, not clear run over 1f out, switched right, nearest finish, 5th of 14, 4l behind Laajooj (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Grand Sort 80-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always behind, 11th of 12, 27l behind Songburst (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Montefeltro 6-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, headway 2f out, hung left and stayed on from over 1f out, joined 3rd post, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Landaman (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Ornithologist (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Held up behind, outpaced on outside 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 26l behind Eagle Rock (9-3) at Ripon 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Red Marksman 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 20l behind Songburst (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Appeal (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Towards rear, last and struggling inside final 4f, some headway in centre over 2f out, never in contention, 5th of 10, 17l behind Always The Lady (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Ascensive 40-1 (8-12) In rear, behind from over 3f out, 10th of 11, 45l behind Eagles Peak (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Baraaya (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt towards rear, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 12, 10l behind Theyskens' Theory (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Jul '10.
Martine's Spirit (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear, struggling 4f out, never in contention, 8th of 14, 25l behind Sadeek's Song (9-3) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Millennium Star (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, shuffled back and lost place over 4f out, stayed on again from 2f out, modest 4th and hung left inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 12l behind Satwa Dream (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Moon Over Water (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Dubai Bay (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Shieldmaiden (USA) 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leader after 1f, carried wide on bend and hampered 2f out, chased leaders until hung right and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 8l behind Val O'Hara (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Jun.
Silver Blossom (IRE) Galileo filly out of Lovely Blossom.