Despite having won twice on turf, all of Five Star Junior's 6f victories have been on the Polytrack. Fitz Flyer's sole win was on the Fibresand back in 2009 and Brighton winner Piazza San Pietro has done all his winning in lower grades. The handicapper may have finally caught up with the revitalised Dickie Le Davoir judged on his most recent starts and he'll do well to confirm earlier running with NOODLES BLUE BOY. The latter posted his best effort since winning at Leicester in September when third at Bath on his latest outing and he gets the vote to return to winning ways.
Five Star Junior (USA) 40-1 (8-8) Raced center, held up, never a factor, 15th of 24, 8l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf in May.
Piazza San Pietro 7-1 (8-11) Towrads rear, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 4l behind Swiss Cross (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) With leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 5l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Dickie Le Davoir 18-1 (9-0) Behind, never on terms, 12th of 16, 10l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Noodles Blue Boy 7-2 (10-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged right, headed towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Kyllachy Storm (8-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.