Sir Michael Stoute has not had much success with the rare runners he has at the track but HEHO has little to beat in this. The latter is no stable star but has gone close on more than one occasion and may finally come good today. Nur Jahan makes her belated seasonal debut and could figure in this company but the newcomer Copperbelt is related to a host of winners and may prove the biggest threat to the selection.
Dark Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) In rear and soon pushed along and outpaced, last of 9, well behind Sillabub (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec '12.
Wild Hill Boy 100-1 (9-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 16l behind Ribblehead (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Copperbelt Royal Applause colt out of Luanshya.
Nur Jahan (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, lost 4th place towards finish, 5th of 8, 6l behind Bountybeamadam (9-0) at Chepstow 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep.
Puppet Theatre (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Led, 3 lengths clear entering final 3f, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Hayek (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jun.
Windy Miller 33-1 (9-5) Started very slowly, ran green and well outpaced throughout, last of 7, 28l behind My Inspiration (9-0) at Windsor 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft.
Heho 7-2 (9-7) Dwelt close up, effort to chase winner over 2f out, kept on same pace and lost two places inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 1/4l behind Swiss Kiss (9-5) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.