ADMIRABLE DUQUE is our call in this contest with Star Links and Pointillist the others making the shortlist. The selection put up an eye-catching run at Lingfield Park on his second racecourse outing, having exhibited little on introduction at Goodwood. The second ran a respectable racesubsequently at Yarmouth and in real terms this engagement does not look to be one of the hotter maidens on the racing calendar. Star Links could make for an interesting handicapper after this race. He clearly hasn't reached the greatness that was anticipated at the sales but Richard Hughes' booking is hardly the stuff of negatives. Pointillist is a well-related type who might make a little more appeal next season. That said, the market is watched just in case. Cry For The Moon has been sunk on two occasions at better tracks and is hastily rerouted to take on apparently lesser opposition. Davids Matador does at least have experience of the Salisbury track but it would be disappointing were there not anything to improve past him. Fire King and Ouster were both unfancied on debut and ran accordingly. Mountain Forest, who has a distinct German emphasis in his breeding, makes a belated debut. Rio Gael will be of more interest once handicapped.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Slowly into strid, hampered start, held up, ridden over 2f out, headway to challenge over 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Sans Frontieres (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sept.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on until weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Four Winds (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept.
Davids Matador 12-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders until weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Princess Hannah (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Fire King 66-1 (9-3) Started slowly, always in rear, last of 18, 29l behind Alazeyab (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept.
Mountain Forest (GER) Tiger Hill colt out of Moricana.
Ouster (GER) 80-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up, effort over 3f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 14l behind Kite Wood (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sept.
Rio Gael (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Prominent on outside, ridden 3f out, outpaced 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 7, 6l behind My Kingdom (9-0) at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sept.
Star Links (USA) 4-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 6l behind Wave Aside (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept.
Efficiency 12-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 12l behind Alcalde (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn auc (5) sft in Sept.
Pointillist (IRE) Peintre Celebre filly, half-sister to numerous winners on the flat and over hurdles.