Ehtedaam scored on Polytrack in October and reappeared to complete a double at Newmarket but didn't improve on that run on a return visit last month. He'll need to do better as Cruiser arrives in cracking form and the assessor has seen fit to raise him just 1lb for his recent victory at Ffos Las. JUVENAL had a very good second season winning twice and finishing runner-up three times from six starts. He ended the season with a victory here and can maintain his progress this campaign starting here. His stablemate, the three-year-old Beedee, made a winning debut last May so might not need the run despite an absence since October.
Bronze Prince 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leading trio on outside, went 3rd 4f out, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, outpaced to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 2l behind Head Of Steam (8-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Ehtedaam (USA) 2-1fav (9-4) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 9, 6l behind Niceofyoutotellme (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Juvenal (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, good headway and switched to rails over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep beating Dynamic Duo (8-13) by 1l, 13 ran.
Albaqaa 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Basseterre (9-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Beedee 11-1 (9-1) Raced centre, in touch, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Effie B (9-2) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Cruiser 3-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, challenged inside final furlong, led close home, won at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Storming (8-10) by hd, 6 ran.
First Post (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden 3f out, soon one pace and no impression, lost 3rd over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 8l behind Gaul Wood (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.