VEGAS PALACE should prove too strong for Brigadoon, Master Leon and Tealing. Tom Dascombe's daughter of Captain Rio showed promise in a soft ground maiden at Salisbury on debut before chasing home a fair tool over this course and distance. The pair pulled a long way clear of the field and she is difficult to oppose. Tealing finished 35 lengths behind the winner at Pontefract and will need to have improved out of all recognition and of more interest is Brigadoon. It will be interesting to see what tune Joe Fanning gets out of him as he made a pleasing debut at Newmarket in a fair contest and could trouble the jolly if he's improved for the outing. Master Leon is improving with experience but looks vulnerable to anything with a slightly above average level of ability, a description which certainly fits Vegas Palace.
Brigadoon 100-1 (9-0) Raced centre and led that group until 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 18, 7l behind Quick Wit (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn stks (4) gd in Oct.
Master Leon 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Jupiter Fidius (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Tealing 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders to over 3f out, soon behind, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 36l behind Rock 'n' Royal (8-7) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Oct.
Vegas Palace (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, chased winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Maristar (9-0) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) fbs in Oct.