Red Dragon and Naalatt both have guaranteed fitness on their side after spending a successful time on the all-weather during the winter. Expect a decent account from the pair but there are a couple here who look to harbour considerable room for improvement. Zamoyski took a while to get the hang of things before scoring with something to spare at Goodwood last September when looking very much a three-year-old in the making and should be competitive here. However, this could be another for Hannon and Hughes with SEA SHANTY. He showed distinct promise in three strong maidens last term and is a likely improver - he starts the new campaign on an attractive handicap mark.
Pearl Castle (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 8, 11l behind Top Notch Tonto (9-4) at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Zamoyski 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and came centre over 3f out, edged right and chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep beating Pythagorean (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
St Paul De Vence (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon in touch on inside, switched left to outside over 2f out, strong run over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Captain Starlight (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Pompeia 9-2 (9-1) In touch in 5th, effort disputing close 4th 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind I'm Back (9-4) at Kempton 1m Handicap (0-95) (2yo) (3) pol in Oct.
Yul Finegold (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Aetna (9-0) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Red Dragon (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, pushed along on inside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Grilletto (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Exzachary 18-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 4, 14l behind Pure Excellence (8-9) at Haydock 7f 2yo stks (3) hvy in Oct.
Naalatt (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and not quicken over 2f out, kept on to chase winner 1f out, not trouble winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Flashlight (9-7) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Sea Shanty (USA) Evensfav (9-3) Pressed leader, driven over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, no extra final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Fort Knox (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Choral Prince (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Quintilian (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Tight Knit (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Apache Rising (8-10) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Khelac 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Ennistown (8-9) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep.