Plenty to consider in what promises to be a more interesting maiden than first glance might suggest. RAQEEB is taken to make a winning debut for Ruth Carr with Touch Tone, Jemima Nicholas, Nimue and Barreq all considered. Raqeeb is rated clear of Touch Tone and Nimue so has obvious claims as things stand but Ruth Carr has done really well with her acquisitions from top yards and the 35,000 guineas purchase may well improve for the change of scenery. Touch Tone's course and distance second has been given a boost by subsequent efforts from the winner but she does look to have her quirks. Barreq, Fork Lightning and Jemima Nicholas qualify for handicaps after today and may be best watched but they've done enough to think that they won't be long in winning whilst Swiftly Done is no forlorn hope. Ardent is related to winners as one would expect with fellow newcomer, Premier Contender, of particular interest being a brother to the yard's smart sprinter Buachaill Dona but Raqeeb sets the standard and gets the vote.
Grey Crystal Tamayaz filly out of Mother Corrigan.
Stargazing (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Led until over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased, last of 6, 24l behind Mazamorra (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Barreq (USA) 4-5fav (9-3) Led for 1f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Playboy Blues (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Barton Bounty Bahamian Bounty gelding out of Tenebrae.
Premier Contender (IRE) Namid gelding out of Serious Contender.
Raqeeb (USA) 85-40fav (9-7) Led, pressed 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Don't Call Me (9-5) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Swiftly Done (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, rear, pushed along 4f out, headway on outside ran green and hung left over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Munsarim (9-0) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Ardent Pivotal filly out of Polish Romance.
Fork Lightning (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt, soon in mid-division, driven along in 5th and one pace over 2f out, no impression after, 6th of 11, 16l behind Highland Knight (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun.
Jemima Nicholas 9-2 (8-12) With leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Dolly Royal (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 3yo fll stks (5) gf in Jun.
Nimue (USA) 9-4fav (8-12) Fly jumped start, took keen hold in rear, headway 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Fleeting Glance (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 3yo fll stks (4) gf.
The Chester Giant Royal Applause filly out of Serengeti Bride.
The Midshipmaid 100-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place over 6f out, soon ridden, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 12, 30l behind Miss Antonia (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Touch Tone 85-40fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, headway and switched left to race on rails, tracked leaders, effort when short of room over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Sailorman (9-2) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in May.