MUNAASER was backed as if defeat was out of the question when reappearing at Pontefract but never looked comfortable or straightforward and finished out of the frame. That was a most surprising effort as he had looked one to follow after finishing third despite running green on his Yarmouth juvenile debut behind the talented Oxsana. There have to be doubts about him after that latest poor effort but this looks a modest maiden and he's afforded another chance. Emirati Spirit, a son of New Approach, was beaten five lengths on his Newmarket debut and should come on plenty for that over this additional furlong, whilst Storm Rider, beaten some way despite a mid-division finish in a Windsor maiden, should improve on that although he looks more of a handicap project for Richard Hannon.
Ballyfarsoon (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always outpaced in rear, tailed off, last of 9, 35l behind Captain Bob (9-5) at Warwick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Cobham's Circus (IRE) Hernando gelding out of Protectorate.
Emirati Spirit 11-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 5l behind Provident Spirit (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Munaaser 4-6fav (9-5) Took keen hold, chasing leaders, went 2nd over 8f out, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed and no extra, 5th of 11, 11l behind Champagne Rules (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in Apr.
Newton's Law (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 17, 20l behind Oklahoma City (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Oct.
Nouvelle Ere 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced when hung right and ran green on bend over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 11l behind Captain Bob (9-5) at Warwick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Storm Rider (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, awkward on bend 6f out, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, no chance after, 5th of 11, 17l behind Man Of Harlech (9-5) at Windsor 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Kleo (GR) Kavafi filly out of Selfish.
Saxon Princess (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 11l behind Zerfaal (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Windy Citi 50-1 (8-8) Mid division, ridden and one pace final 2f, 7th of 13, 15l behind Abseil (9-13) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.