Seven line up but only three should matter, with PAINTBALL our vote to get the better of Midnight Strider and Kingston Folly. Willy Muir's colt attracted plenty of support when making his debut here and ran reasonably to take third. That effort was over six furlongs, but he showed seven to be no problem when third once more at Wolverhampton last time behind a well-bred winning newcomer. There may yet be more to come, but the standard achieved already might well be enough as this is a less competitive affair. Midnight Strider disappointed favourite backers when second over further last time. Both of Tom Dascombe's colt's runs have come at Wolverhampton and so he has it to prove on the surface and, as he was under pressure from a long way out last time before consenting to run on, this drop in trip has to be seen as a negative. Kingston Folly made his debut back in December, showing some promise at Lingfield over a mile. His breeding doesn't suggest the surface will be too much of an issue but he'll need to improve to beat our selection on the form they've shown so far. Bravalto has an official rating of 60 and represents an in-form yard, but that standard set isn't insurmountable by any means and he looks held on his course debut. Quiet Mountain has shown little at both here and Wolverhampton, Gracie's Games is rated 42 and newcomer Maigold Rose is from a yard not reknowned for debut victors. This looks set to be an interesting battle between the market principles and our hope is that Paintball comes out on top.
Bravalto 20-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along in 4th, ridden and went 3rd briefly 3 out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Watch Amigo (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Midnight Strider (IRE) 4-6fav (9-3) Chased leaders, stayed on from over 1f out, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Levitation (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Quiet Mountain (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, pushed along and not much room 2f out, ran on and switched right inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec.
Gracie's Games 33-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced, 6th of 8, 18l behind Brazilian Brush (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Kingston Folly 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Hidden Glory (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Paintball (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Burghley (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Maigold Rose Tobougg filly out of Ma Jolie.