ENGROSSING was having his first start for Richard Hannon when a promising third in a decent Salisbury maiden earlier this month. He will appreciate slightly quicker ground and can finally lose his maiden tag. It's a surprise to find Richard Hughes on board Indigo Iris as he was beaten six lengths when runner-up at Lingfield though he's likely to improve as is Malih, who showed a bit of promise on his second start last season. The newcomers Bypass, the first foal of a winning miler, and Haftohaf, a half-brother to two winners, are worth noting in the betting.
Ellen Dean Pursuit Of Love filly out of Cressex Katie.
Aureolin Gulf 22-1 (8-12) Raced green, in touch, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 12l behind Sannibel (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Always behind, 11th of 12, 25l behind Don Libre (9-3) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Duke Of Destiny (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and no impression over 2f out, plugged on, 4th of 7, 11l behind Henry Allingham (9-3) at Folkestone 7f mdn auc stks (6) sft.
Engrossing 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance, one pace, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Cool Rhythm (9-13) at Salisbury 7f mdn stks (5) sft.
Haftohaf Haafhd colt out of Piper's Ash.
Indigo Iris (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd entering final furlong, no chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Don Libre (9-3) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Linton Hill (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair until 5f out, outpaced and no chance soon after, tailed off, last of 6, 37l behind Glittering Gold (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) fm in May.
Malih 20-1 (8-9) In rear, effort over 1f out, soon edged right , never dangerous, 6th of 10, 5l behind Medieval Bishop (8-10) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Salutary 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, 7th of 9, 19l behind Holy Roman Warrior (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gs in Jul.
Tunnager Grove 20-1 (9-3) Close up, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Cool Rhythm (9-13) at Salisbury 7f mdn stks (5) sft.
Bypass Passing Glance filly out of Florida Heart.
Dark Orchid 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 21l behind Poisson d'Or (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (5) gs.
I Stand Corrected Exceed And Excel filly out of Forever Fine.