ASSAIL caught the eye on debut and is taken as the best option from those with experience. High Cross is a nicely-bred type that is worth noting in the betting, while stablemates Ettrick Mill and Interdiamonds are also interesting debutantes to bear in mind for future reference. From the others Antipodean was badly in need of the run when he was introduced a fortnight ago and he looks a likely type to do well in handicaps, while Rockinit is already exposed as ordinary and it will be disappointing for the connections of few of these well bred individuals if the Rock Of Gibraltar filly manages to get the better of their charges. Nevertheless, ASSAIL posted a most encouraging effort when he was introduced last November and, it is his proven ability to handle the track that just edges him the vote.
Antipodean (UAE) 33-1 (8-1) Held up, headway on outer over 2f out, edged left approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Ultimate (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn stk (5) fbs.
Assail 10-1 (9-3) Held up in rear of main group, ridden and headway approaching 2f out, every chance when hampered over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Hometown (8-12) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc (6) fbs in Nov.
Benozzo Gozzoli 12-1 (8-8) Very slowly into stride and always behind, last of 6, 19l behind Ultimate (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn stk (5) fbs.
Echo Dancer 5-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 7l behind Miss Beat (8-12) at W'hampton 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Dec.
Ettrick Mill Selkirk gelding out of Milly-M.
Michael Collins (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Led early, keen, headed after 1f, hampered soon after, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Scene Two (9-3) at W'hampton 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Dec.
National Monument (IRE) Statue Of Liberty gelding out of Panpipes.
Unbelievable Jeff 6-1 (8-12) Pushed along and outpaced behind, 7th of 9, 20l behind Angel Song (8-6) at Southwell 6f mdn stk (5) fbs.
Dulce Domum 100-1 (8-5) Slowly away, soon outpaced, well detached in rear, 13th of 14, 24l behind Yellow Printer (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Dec.
High Cross (IRE) Cape Cross filly out of Overruled.
Interdiamonds Montjeu filly out of Interpose.
Rockinit (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 16, shd behind Balladiene (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sept.