This could turn out to be a decent maiden as Capella's Song was placed at Nottingham and Newmarket in the autumn while Ghost Runner stepped up on his only start as a two-year-old when third at Epsom. I SAY kept on strongly in the closing stages on her debut at Newbury in October having missed the break. She'll have matured over the winter and should take all the beating here. Da Do Run Run has finished last in both starts so far so Henry Candy's newcomer Viennese Verse, a full brother to a winning miler, may be best of the rest.
Da Do Run Run 20-1 (9-3) Keen prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 21l behind Tarikhi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Ghost Runner (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Switched right over 7f out, mid-division, headway approaching 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, keeping on one pace when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind One Pekan (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Perseverent Pete (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Raced centre led this trio and overall leader until over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 22l behind Keep Calm (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Viennese Verse Byron gelding out of Teller.
Be Excellent 33-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always in rear, ridden over 3f out, last of 7, 21l behind Erodium (8-10) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Bella Michelle 50-1 (9-0) Virtually pulled up after 1f, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Heading North (9-0) at Chepstow 7f 2yo stks (5) gd in Sep.
Capella's Song (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase easy winner over 1f out, no impression and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Desert Image (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) sft in Oct.
I Say (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Secret Gesture (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (4) hvy in Oct.