L'AVENUE cost 75,000gns and made an encouraging debut behind Power Up over the course and distance last month. That should have put her straight and she can go one better. Special Miss made a promising start at Kempton but really fluffed her lines when a short-priced favourite at Lingfield. Habdab has has several chances though did run a bit better at Lingfield last time while Captain Morley showed the benefit of his opening run with a much better effort behind Dutch Rifle here. Rio Ranger was beaten a long way at Southwell but progress is expected from Bryan Smart's filly.
Antioch (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, ran very green and resented kickback, virtually pulled up over 3f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Framed Masterpiece (9-5) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Captain Morley 7-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, never troubled winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Dutch Rifle (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Notebook 12-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Jalingo (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Wildes (IRE) Manduro gelding out of Balloura.
Habdab 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leading pair final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Fractal (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
L'avenue (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Dwelt in touch, raced green at times, pushed along and headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, edged left and stayed on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Power Up (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Rio Ranger (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Slowly away raced wide towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 9, 21l behind Westminster (9-5) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Special Miss 11-10fav (9-0) Mid-division, under pressure well over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 5l behind Poker Gold (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.