Daneking has won over today's trip and has also been placed in heavy going at Haydock so may well finish ahead of handicap debutant Strident Force as they both make their seasonal debuts. SAMBA KING already has a run under his belt when making all at Yarmouth recently beating stablemate and favourite Zaeem. The Godolphin gelding ploughed through the mud for third place at Haydock last season and there should be more to come from him. Open Water and Clare Island Boy are closely matched on collateral form though the latter has a fitness advantage with a recent third at Newmarket while the ground may not be a hindrance to the Monsun fillies Oojooba and Arch Of Colours but it remains to be seen if either is good enough.
Clare Island Boy (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, keeping on one pace when hampered near finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Main Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Samba King 5-2 (8-9) Made all, hard driven over 2f out, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gs beating Zaeem (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Oojooba 11-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind Coquet (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Open Water (FR) 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to chase winner near finish, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Main Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Strident Force 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Mazeydd (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Tingo In The Tale (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up behind, driven over 2f out, stayed on well on outside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Kid Suitor (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Daneking 2-1fav (8-13) Pushed up to track leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Mr Spiggott (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Arch Of Colours 5-1 (8-5) Set steady pace, shaken up over 1f out, forged clear inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol in Jan beating Zenarinda (9-13) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Little Dutch Girl 7-2 (9-0) Slowly away and pushed along in rear, closer order halfway, driven on rails over 1f out, chased leading pair inside final furlong, sustained run under pressure to lead final strides, won at Chepstow 1m 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) sft in Aug beating Good Morning Star (9-0) by hd, 10 ran.