Paradise Dream could be a warm order but VENTURA COVE is taken to lower his colours in a race where few can be dismissed. Paradise Dream lost out to a more experienced rival at Kempton on debut but showed plenty of ability as befits a colt with a raft of top race entries which includes one for the Phoenix Stakes. Ventura Cove also found things happening a little too quickly on debut but he finished powerfully to take second at Musselburgh and looks sure to benefit from the experience. King Of Axum is saddled with a penalty but has proven battling qualities despite running green which suggests that there's plenty more to come from him. The form of Starburst Excel's maiden run is a little mixed but the race has thrown up its share of winners and it has to go down as an encouraging debut. She's bred to be speedy and is not without claims but Fratellino is already beginning to look a little exposed. Elusive Sue will need to be useful to take this on debut and we prefer the claims of her stablemate Ventura Cove.
King Of Axum (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Held up, headway over 1f out, switched left approaching final furlong, ran on to lead inside, kept on gamely, won at Doncaster 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd beating Little Scotland (8-12) by shd, 7 ran.
Fratellino 11-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, one pace when hampered and eased inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Star Rover (9-7) at Chester 5f 2yo stks (2) gf.
Paradise Dream 9-4fav (9-3) Close up, chased winner after 2f, effort well over 1f out, not quicken one pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Avon River (9-3) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol.
Ventura Cove (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Dispol Keasha (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Elusive Sue (USA) Elusive Quality filly out of Show Me The Stage.
Starburst Excel 16-1 (9-0) Went left start, led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Its Alright (9-0) at Newmarket 5f 2yo stks (4) gf in Apr.