ORIONS HERO went close to opening his account on fast ground at Ayr last month when caught close home. A race of this nature should be within his grasp and he gets the nod ahead of Midnight Warrior. The latter had finished a promising third on his debut at Folkestone only to disappoint back at the same track last time. He's closely matched on earlier running with Bartack while the newcomers Bapak Muda and Horsted Keynes are both worth noting for any significant support in the betting.
Bapak Muda (USA) Distorted Humor colt out of Shiva.
Bartack (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 7, 5l behind Open Letter (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Horsted Keynes (FR) Giant's Causeway colt out of Viking's Cove.
Little Eli Green Desert gelding out of Princess Ellis.
Marju's Quest (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, came centre over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Zamoyski (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Midnight Warrior 9-1 (9-3) Prominent, effort over 1f out, soon lost place, 8th of 14, 16l behind Banovallum (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Orions Hero (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort inside final 2f, stayed on to lead final 110 yards, hard pressed towards finish, headed post, 2nd of 10, ns behind Bee Brave (8-12) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Sewn Up Compton Place colt out of Broughton Bounty.
Unknown Villain (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders 3f out, tracked going well over 2f out, led 2f out, headed well over 1f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, no chance with leading pair, lost moderate 3rd towards finish, 4th of 6, 10l behind Geordie Man (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy.
Bright Glow 9-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 8th of 13, 10l behind Supernova Heights (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo stks (5) gf in Sep.
Lilly White (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Pressed winner, lost place 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 9l behind Shuruq (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.