Ratings point to Masked Dance holding the upper hand over ITALIAN TOM although Kankan Prince, along with the former, would provide a nicely named forecast option for the holiday crowd. The main concern regarding the chances of Kevin Ryan's charge is the going as a number of Captain Rio's progeny show a preference for a soft surface but he appeared to handle fast ground well enough on debut when chasing home the speedy Fratellino at Beverley. His three subsequent runs have been with cut in the ground or on fibresand and he's twice been a beaten favourite but it's to be hoped that the drop in grade and headgear have the desired effect. He currently has the same official mark as Italian Tom who is burdened with a penalty for a cosy success at this level before failing to cut the mustard in a nursery. He may have found the track too sharp for his liking at Lingfield when he got going all too late and he has less to prove for a yard that has had three winners from just four runners in juvenile sellers. One or two of the others have bits of form but they don't set the pulse racing so the newcomer, Kankan Prince, has to be considered. His pedigree suggests that this trip may be on the short side but his shrewd yard have a good record at this level so he's well worth considering but we'll take Italian Tom to take the plaudits.
Italian Tom (IRE) 3-1 (8-7) Dwelt, soon in touch on inside, pushed along halfway, driven and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Any Day (8-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Bathwick Gino 9-2 (8-11) Always in rear, outpaced over 4f out, eased final 2f, last of 7, 35l behind Mary Helen (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo sll (6) sft in Jun.
Kankan Prince (IRE) Arakan colt out of Risanda.
Masked Dance (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) With leader until halfway, edged left and weakened over 1f out, soon edged right, 4th of 5, 11l behind Ginger Ted (7-13) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp (5) hvy in Jul.
Prince Fortune 16-1 (8-9) With leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Patch Patch (8-9) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
That'lldonowthen (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven halfway, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 14l behind Mister Hughie (9-2) at Bath 5f 2yo sll (6) gd.
Angela Jones 25-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 26l behind Arken Lad (8-11) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo sll (6) gd in Jul.
Avec Moi 50-1 (8-4) Always in rear, 8th of 10, 8l behind Right Rave (8-5) at Yarmouth 5f fll mdn stks (6) gd in Jul.
Southwark Newshawk 28-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, led halfway, rider dropped rein and headed 1f out, rallied towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Right Rave (8-5) at Yarmouth 5f fll mdn stks (6) gd in Jul.