ARYAL was sent off favourite over a longer trip at Lingfield on last month's debut and was beaten less than a length in third. Mark Johnston's colt can land this with normal progress and is taken to open his account at the main expense of Rouge Nuage. The latter showed a glimpse of promise when third on his introduction at Kempton but the remainder have some catching up to do to figure. Scarlette D'or makes her belated debut though she is related to a couple of winners on the all-weather and worth a second glance.
Scarlette D'or Iceman filly out of Double Stake.
Arabougg 80-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 13l behind Little Dolly (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Aryal 3-1fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, hd behind Little Buxted (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ran green in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, pushed along and ran on well to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind St Paul De Vence (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Ivy Port 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 16l behind Lead Role (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn fll (5) pol in Jan.