The likes of Dixie Sky, Al Muntazah and Gabrial The Duke are all likely to improve on their form in maidens now going handicapping while Cheektocheek and Jebril are lightly raced and capable of bouncing back from recent setbacks. East Texas Red also has claims but Missing Agent may find this company too rich. Knight's Parade won over this trip at Chepstow before finishing fourth over 1m2f at Bath, just ahead of RIOJA DAY. But John Hills' colt, a good second at Salisbury earlier, appeared to find that extended trip beyond him and, dropped in distance here, is fancied to have his revenge on the bottom weight and get off the mark.
Cheektocheek (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Titus Titan (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Jebril (FR) 9-1 (9-7) Slowly away and reluctant, pushed along towards rear halfway, headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 8l behind Felix Fabulla (9-6) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Dixie Sky (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Settled towards rear, headway over 3f out, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 6l behind Hollowina (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo stks (5) hvy in Sep.
Rioja Day (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, driven and rallied to have chance 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Felix Fabulla (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep.
Al Muntazah (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, led halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Ninjago (9-2) at Chepstow 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm in Jul.
Missing Agent 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 7th of 11, 6l behind Nine Iron (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 80-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ridden towards rear 3f out, hung left from over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, went 5th close home, 5th of 9, 6l behind Give Way Nelson (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
East Texas Red (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) In touch, headway when short of room over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on one pace and lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Forced Family Fun (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Reluctant to canter down and led to start, soon pressing leader, led 7f out, travelling well 3f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Felix Fabulla (9-6) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.