Most of these are maiden winners who have already been beaten in handicaps. Ceelo has struggled since scoring at Newbury, albeit in better company than this, but he's still preferred to July's Ayr winner Megamunch. Smart Spender and Time And Place were both beaten off today's marks last time having won at Doncaster and Chester respectively before that so the vote goes to FILS ANGES. He won with plenty to spare over the minimum trip at Newcastle in October and there should be more to come this year from Michael Bell's colt, who goes handicapping for the first time.
Fils Anges (IRE) 10-11fav (9-3) Held up, headway halfway, led 1f out, soon clear under a hand ride, comfortable, won at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct beating Bentleysoysterboy (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Ceelo 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Tamayuz Star (8-11) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Smart Spender (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Held up, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Annunciation (9-7) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Time And Place 9-4fav (8-3) Held up, hampered on inside over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 5l behind Secret Look (8-10) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Exotic Guest 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Barbs Princess (8-12) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Megamunch (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 8l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-1) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Sep.
Sylvia Pankhurst (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Hannahs Turn (8-11) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.