Watersmeet was expected to open his account at Kempton last time but found an unfancied newcomer too good. He finished a couple of lengths ahead of MAAHIR on that occasion but the latter can take his revenge in this. Marco Botti's charge was effectively having his first outing on that occasion, given he'd unseated shortly after leaving the stalls on his debut, so improvement looks likely today. Stablemate and newcomer Arcamante is related to winners in Italy and won't have to be anything special to finish ahead of the remainder given their uninspiring efforts so far.
Crooked Arrow (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Slowly away towards rear, ridden and some headway 4f out, no impression final 3f, 4th of 9, 19l behind Turnbuckle (9-12) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Island Express (IRE) 100-1 (9-8) Slowly away, soon ridden along in rear, kept on to go, never dangerous 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Taquka (8-13) at Lingfield 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Sycophantic (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Last pair, never on terms, 8th of 10, 13l behind Genius Boy (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Arcamante (ITY) High Chaparral gelding out of Caractere.
Maahir 5-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, not quicken 2f out, driven in 4th and one pace from well over 1f out, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Dream Ruler (8-10) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol.
Watersmeet 9-4fav (8-7) Soon led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, stayed on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Dream Ruler (8-10) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol.