Beneath, Spoken, and Mawaddah are on the shortlist here, with BENEATH, a comfortable winner last time, taken to follow up. Spoken looks a real danger, as he followed up a promising debut with a solid win here on his second start. The second has gone on to be placed twice in hot maidens since, and he is respected. After a series of placed efforts, Mawaddah was not winning out of turn when landing his maiden. Although only second last time, that was in handicap company, and another solid run is expected. Beneath was a taking debutant, finishing strongly in second at Wolverhampton. A decisive winner next time, though the second has let the form down, Beneath looks potentially useful and gets the vote.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Wigmore Hall (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
First Cat 25-1 (9-0) Took keen hold in touch, not much room 8f out, soon steadied, hampered over 2f out, soon in rear, 13th of 14, 18l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Beneath 4-9fav (8-4) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Iptkaar (8-2) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Universal Circus 14-1 (9-1) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Spanish Duke (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Spoken 11-4 (9-3) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, challenged 2f out, soon led, ridden final furlong, kept on well, won at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Youm Jamil (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Sierra Alpha 28-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside over 2f out, challenging over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven and stayed on well, won at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug beating Dahaam (9-3) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
The Starboard Bow 20-1 (9-7) Held up last, under pressure 3f out, no chance final 2f, 5th of 6, 25l behind Into Wain (8-13) at Ffos Las 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
White Dart 7-2fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, not clearest of runs on outside well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Azlak (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Mawaddah (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led final furlong, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Atlantic Tiger (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Paintball (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Miss Starlight (8-9) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Kensei (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 13l behind Nafura (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 15-8fav (8-1) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden and effort on outside 2f out, challenged when edged left 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Power Series (9-4) by shd, 4 ran.