Shared Equity, Elusive George and Jaeger Train all boast similar profiles, each having scored in sprint maidens when last seen, and there's very little between them on official ratings. The last-named makes fractionally greater appeal of the trio but if HEROIQUE is ready to go first time up for Tim Easterby, she could be good enough to trump the three of them. She progressed well over the autumn months of her juvenile campaign, concluding with a laudable effort in a Newbury nursery. She was put up a couple of pounds for that effort but a mark of 72 looks a feasible starting point for her three-year-old campaign. Steele Ranger is dropped significantly in grade and is worth keeping an eye on too.
Zain Zone (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Went left start, tracked leader, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 11l behind Oriental Relation (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Foxy Clarets (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Raced wide, chasing leaders, weakened halfway, tailed off and eased over 1f out, 11th of 12, 48l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Shared Equity 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) sft beating Soul Brother (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Elusive George (IRE) 12-5 (9-2) Held up, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left and ridden out final furlong, won at Redcar 6f app mdn stks (6) gs beating False Witness (8-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Jaeger Train (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Southwell 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar beating Handwoven (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Heroique (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Musical Comedy (9-13) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Steele Ranger 100-1 (9-5) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 13l behind Magnus Maximus (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo aut stk (2) gd.
Smidgen (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Pulled hard raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Android (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mon Petit Secret 25-1 (8-7) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 24l behind Flycatcher (9-1) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.