THEODORE GERICAULT opened his account over 7f at Lingfield last month. The Sir Percy colt should relish today's longer trip and has a head start regarding race fitness with both Buckstay and Gioia Di Vita. The latter pair ended last season with maiden victories on the Polytrack and should be winning handicaps this year. Kuantan One and Eric The Grey will have come on for their recent placed efforts and could also have a say in proceedings while Old Man Clegg is another to consider as he attempts today's distance for the first time.
Theodore Gericault (IRE) 6-4fav (8-12) Led, headed over 5f out, prominent, ridden 2f out, green and wanting to lean left from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr beating Arctic Admiral (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Buckstay (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep beating Ormindo (9-3) by shd, 13 ran.
Kuantan One (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Chased winner until over 2f out, chased leading pair, outpaced to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Aryal (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Grey Blue (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 26l behind Daaree (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Astrosapphire 25-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Daaree (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Gioia Di Vita 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Chant (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Eric The Grey (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, hung left and chased winner entering final furlong, driven and ran on towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Sioux Chieftain (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Esteaming 6-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, moderate progress inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Aryal (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Old Man Clegg 20-1 (8-12) With leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lilac Lace (8-13) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.