Al Baz was second at Brighton 12 days ago but the form is nothing special. Likewise Irondale Express' third over 6f here last month. Connections paid 80,000 dollars for BLUE ATLANTIC and this looks a decent starting point. He's closely related to the useful Indigo Cat and Blue Rider, who both stayed well beyond a mile, and makes more appeal than fellow debutant George The First, who was a cheap purchase. Street Boss and Frost In May both need to step up markedly on their first run to figure.
Al Baz 5-1 (9-5) Chased winner throughout, ridden and well held when hung left over 1f out, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Stepping Out (9-0) at Brighton 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm.
Blue Atlantic (USA) Stormy Atlantic colt out of Bluemamba.
Champagne Rules Aussie Rules gelding out of Garabelle.
Chinese Jade 16-1 (9-0) Awkwardly away and slowly away, soon ridden along, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 23l behind Washaar (9-0) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
George The First Aqlaam colt out of Mrs Gray.
Street Boss (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, ridden over 2f out, never in contention, 11th of 15, 18l behind Astaire (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (3) gd in May.
Frost In May (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon hung badly right and quickly lost place, tailed off, last of 8, 28l behind Angel Rosa (8-4) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in May.
Irondale Express 9-1 (9-0) Difficult to load, slowly into stride, in rear, headway 3f out, hung right and chased winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Piazon (9-5) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in May.