Saeed Bin Suroor's Magic Doll stepped up on the form of her debut effort when landing a Kempton maiden last month and she has to be respected on her nursery debut off a mark of 81 but she may be a shade high in the weights for what she has achieved and it could be worth siding with NORTH SHADOW, who gets the vote ahead of Karaka Jack. Mark Johnston's colt showed improved form on his latest start when opening his account in a York maiden and the son of Pivotal has to be respected off a mark of just 75 on his Fibresand debut. Count Bertoni is closely matched with Karaka Jack on running at York so has to be considered, while Imperial Warrior is hard to recommend having been well beaten in both starts in nurseries. Stef And Stelio was dropped into a claimer to open his account last month and is likely to struggle to follow up here having been raised 7lbs since that success. The vote then goes the way of Alan Brown's North Shadow, who appreciated the switch to a nursery when winning well at Nottingham earlier this month and, on a surface that should suit he can defy the 10lb rise for that success.
Magic Doll (USA) 9-4fav (9-0) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and stayed on well final 1f, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Sep beating Faithful One (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Stef And Stelio 9-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Sep beating Zaffature (8-8) by 2l, 12 ran.
Karaka Jack 6-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven out, just held on, won at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd beating Taste The Victory (9-3) by shd, 11 ran.
Count Bertoni (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Karaka Jack (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Imperial Warrior 16-1 (8-8) Behind, outpaced halfway, some late headway, 8th of 15, 8l behind Freeforaday (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
North Shadow 8-1 (8-9) Made all, under stands side rail, ridden clear over 2f out, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Saint Sebastian (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.