Tom Dascombe's PARTY DOCTOR showed a decent level of ability as a two-year-old when twice placed in listed races at Ascot and finishing a close fourth behind Elusive Pimpernel in York's Acomb Stakes and a reproduction of that level of form should see him open his account at the first time of asking as a three-year-old in a race where the opposition looks relatively weak with Raktiman and Search For The Key looking best for the forecast options. Raktiman is a stable companion of the selection but looks the clear second best of Tom Dascombe's two runners in the race, while Paul Cole's Search For The Key has run promisingly in both starts so far as a juvenile but needs to have improved from two to three if he is to trouble the judge. Mark Johnston's runners always warrant respect but his runner, Barnstorm, has looked one of the lesser lights in the yard, while David Elsworth's Sunley Spinalonga has looked little better than moderate so far. He will not be much of a price, but it is impossible to oppose Party Doctor, who can gain a well deserved first success.
Barnstorm 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 15, 14l behind Bated Breath (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
One Hit Wonder 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, one pace and no impression final 2f, 6th of 12, 12l behind Iver Bridge Lad (8-6) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.
Party Doctor 9-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2l behind Elusive Pimpernel (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Raktiman (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, hung left and bumped over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 8, 6l behind Arctic Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Search For The Key (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, outpaced 2f out, kept on again inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind San Cassiano (8-9) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Batgirl 150-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 3f out, hung right over 2f out, soon weakened, 17th of 20, 19l behind Revered (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) gd in Oct.
Sunley Spinalonga 16-1 (8-0) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Totally Ours (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) pol.