Brinscall has the solid form in the book but is beginning to look exposed and so is taken on with WELLMARKED who can take this from Court Drinking. Our selection has been off the track since making a highly promising debut in August behind a decent sort but provided he's fit to run today can put that initial experience to good use by scoring here. That taking effort was over this course and distance and with improvement likely John Quinn's gelding can add go one better at the main expense of newcomer Court Drinking. John Best is well worth respecting with his two-year-olds and this American bred colt should be at home on the surface, with the trip also looking a solid starting point for this son of Alke. Market signals should be heeded but without that benefit Robert Winston's mount is narrowly passed over today. Brinscall carries an official rating of 72 and that sets a reasonable enough standard here, although the filly has gone seven starts without winning and may just have to give best to more unexposed rivals today despite having landed a plot draw in stall one. The others with experience look modest on their offerings so far and so it may pay to keep an eye on the market with regard to newcomers Katy's Secret and, in particular, Burning Thread. The last-named is bred to make a two-year-old at sprint trips being by Captain Rio and could well take a hand in the finish. As ever with maidens the market is going to help solve this puzzle but without that benefit we'll take Wellmarked to score.
Burning Thread (IRE) Captain Rio gelding out of Desert Rose.
Court Drinking (USA) Alke colt out of Royal Forum.
Little Weed (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, soon tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 4, 20l behind Basle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Paint By Numbers Haafhd gelding out of Attention Seeker.
Wellmarked (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Dahakaa (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Brinscall 4-1 (8-9) Behind, switched right and headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 6l behind Madam Macie (8-12) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Katy's Secret Mind Games filly out of Katy O'hara.
Sparking 11-1 (8-2) Slowly away, outpaced, always behind, last of 8, 18l behind Schoolboy Champ (8-9) at Haydock 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun.
Special Betty 100-1 (8-12) Mainly in rear, 10th of 13, 15l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.