Sagramor proved a progressive juvenile and should appreciate his first try over a mile. Whaileyy, on the other hand, rather lost his way after winning at Yarmouth last July and has a little to prove on his reappearance. Mr Perceptive won at Sandown in August and Ektibaas got off the mark when landing the odds at Beverley last month. He's got a lot more scope than Dunhoy, Prophet In Dream and Cheylesmore. TASFEYA may be worth another chance, however, after finding Biaraafa and Majestic Dream too strong at Yarmouth. Mark Johnston's colt had plenty of use made of him that day and could do better if ridden with more restraint over this extra furlong.
Sagramor 7-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, switched left 2f out, headway soon after, chased winner 1f out, stayed on well and closed towards finish, always just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Pearl Arch (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp (2) pol in Oct.
Whaileyy (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden and unable to quicken over 2f out, one pace, no impression, 4th of 8, 11l behind Magic Casement (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.
Tasfeya 11-4fav (9-4) Led centre group, overall leader halfway, headed when groups merged over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Biaraafa (8-9) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Mr Perceptive (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Made all, ridden and pressed from over 1f out, hard driven and stayed on to hold on close home, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug beating Gay Gallivanter (8-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Dunhoy (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) In rear until headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, every chance from over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Swift Alhaarth (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Aciano (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Dwelt and awkwardly away, always behind far side, 26th of 27, 24l behind Fury (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Ektibaas 8-15fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, hard ridden to challenge well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Beverley 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Apr beating Striking The Wind (8-12) by ns, 7 ran.
Prophet In A Dream 7-1 (7-13) Took keen hold behind leaders, chased winner entering final furlong, edged right inside final furlong, strong challenge and upsides when pushed left close home, 2nd of 7, shd behind Jack Smudge (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Oct.
Cheylesmore (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Dwelt, soon chased leader, ridden 3f out, closed to lead inside final furlong, won going away, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Irie Ute (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.