SINGAPORE REEF can improve sufficiently from debut to land this contest from Googoobarabajagal and Tarawa Atoll. Nick Williams showed with Pistolet Noir that his runners often derive considerable benefit from their initial experiences so it may not be too wise to read too much into the fact that Singapore Reef was beaten in excess of 20 lengths on debut. He held a relatively prominent position in the market but raced green and finished well held; better is expected. Tarawa Atoll coped with the softer ground well when chasing home a previous winner at Folkestone having fallen on debut and that should have boosted her confidence. Her yard does well with runners in this sphere and she should make her presence felt. Stuart Kittow's runner has run to a similar level of form on both starts and may have found the ground softer than he cared for at Bangor so an eye should be kept on the weather. Coeur Brule has shown ability but only at a modest level and this can go to Singapore Reef.
Abulharith 16-1 (8-13) Mainly in rear, 9th of 13, 19l behind Gaily Noble (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Coeur Brule (FR) 4-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, left 2nd at 5th, left in lead next, pushed along after 3 out, driven and headed 2 out, no chance with winner when hit last, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Anak (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft.
Googoobarabajagal (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Held up, headway 4 out, led approaching next, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 14l behind Peter Grimes (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) sft.
Navajo Nation (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Soon tracking leaders, weakened under pressure before 2 out, 5th of 7, 18l behind Riptide (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) sft.
Singapore Reef (FR) 3-1 (10-12) In rear, outpaced 2 out, driven and kept on approaching last, never nearer, 4th of 7, 24l behind Westlin' Winds (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (3) gs.
Six of Clubs 80-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, driven and moderate 6th 3f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 8th of 13, 32l behind Bengal Tiger (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Lady Of Ashcott 66-1 (11-0) Led until over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 16l behind Risaala (10-7) at Towcester 1m 5f NH flat (5) gs.
Tarawa Atoll 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leading pair, disputing 2nd after 2 out, chased winner well before last, kept on flat, no real impression, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Prince Pippin (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gs.
Valentine Bay 100-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened halfway, 8th of 10, 13l behind Ponting (9-3) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs (flat).