THIEF OF TIME is our idea of the most likely winner with Sohcahtoa and Cruikadyke respected. Lightly weighted, Peter Chapple-Hyam's charge caught the eye when second at Leicester earlier in the month. Granted, this is a step up in grade but he is held in some regard by the yard and there should be more to come. Sohcahtoa was a disappointment at Kempton last time out. He may need a soft lead in order to run to anything like his best. Cruikadyke represents a yard that have found favour in the markets of late. He ran well in Ireland before producing a below par effort at Newmarket on his last start. Feeling Fab stayed on pluckily to win over seven furlongs at Newmarket and should get this mile on balance. Effort steps up in trip while Midnight Cruiser tests the validity of the Racing Post Trophy form. Racketeer had two back end runs on artificial surfaces and makes a turf debut this afternoon. Thief Of Time gets our vote.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, chased leader to well over 1f out, soon driven, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Pure Poetry (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3yo Listed stks (1) pol.
Cruikadyke 10-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind On Our Way (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stk (2) gd in Oct.
Zaffaan 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, stand's side, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 18th of 21, 18l behind Awinnersgame (8-9) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) sft in Sep.
Feeling Fab (FR) 9-1 (9-7) Led stand side group, chased leader 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, joined over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Oct beating Brierty (8-13) by hd, 12 ran.
Midnight Cruiser (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, hung right 2 out, ridden halfway, raced wide on bend into straight, soon beaten, eased, last of 8, 15l behind Ocean's Minstrel (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo Listed stks (1) pol.
Effort 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, close enough 2f out, soon ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Daddy's Gift (8-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Racketeer (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Held up behind leaders, smooth progress to lead over 1f, ridden and kept on gamely final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec beating Lord Chancellor (9-3) by hd, 7 ran.
Thief of Time (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Keen, held up, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, stayed on gamely inside final furlong under strong pressure, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Kings Destiny (9-0) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.