The second division of the seven furlong maiden and it looks the stronger heat. The interesting newcomers include Forward Planning, Severio and Wood Fairy, but they may all have to go some to peg back BATTLE ROYAL who can put his experience to good use. Although qualified for handicaps after this run and therefore edged with a note of caution, the selection has shown some ability in two starts and this looks an easier assignment than he has so far faced. On his final run last year he was beaten by Cloudy Start (now rated 106) and if he has improved from two to three then he should run a good race. Crimson Mist and Safari Song strike as the type who may be of more interest in handicaps in due course, whilst Light Sleeper looks to have the better form and he has already proven that a soft surface holds no fears. Forward Planning is by Orientate, a popular sire in America but not seen much over here, whilst Severio comes from a yard who are capable of providing debutant winners and his trainer should have a good line on Light Sleeper through his horse Aahaykid who beat him on debut. Wood Fairy must be interest with the yard still in top form and this daughter of Haafhd is a half-sister to Franklin Gardens. Haafhd's progeny tend to improve with time but the dam was a seven furlong winner at three and she warrants utmost respect. Tricky stuff for the punter again but we will side with Battle Royal.
Occasion 100-1 (8-12) Led to halfway, soon weakened, last of 14, well behind Jaadull (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Battle Royal (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 12, 11l behind Cloudy Start (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Consequence 150-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always outpaced, 8th of 9, 33l behind Trueblue Wizard (9-3) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Crimson Mist 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 15l behind George Thisby (9-0) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Light Sleeper 4-1 (9-2) Slightly bumped start, held up in touch, improved 3f out, not quicken 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Royal Destination (9-12) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Mister Biscuit (USA) Proud Citizen gelding out of Nouvelle.
Safari Song (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Prominent, effort over 2f, weakened over 1f, 11th of 15, 12l behind Roman Republic (9-0) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Tobrata Tobougg colt out of Sabrata.
Elements (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) In rear, headway on outer over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 12, 14l behind High Severa (8-9) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) hvy in May.
Forward Planning (USA) Orientate filly out of Casa's Kids.
Halcyon Dancer 14-1 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 15, 15l behind Russian Spirit (8-12) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gs.
Romantic Bond Monsieur Bond filly out of Romantic Drama.
Severio (IRE) Captain Rio filly out of Good Forecast.
Wood Fairy Haafhd filly out of Woodbeck.