held up in touch in 4th, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened
tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra
in rear, ridden and headway when switched right over 1f out, kept on to lead last 100 yards
led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra towards finish
tracked leader and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon led, headed last 100 yards, kept on
Kingscroft has been a revelation since racing on Polytrack and has won four times since the turn of the year. There's no reason why he shouldn't be as effective on turf but Mark Johnston has a better chance with CROWN COUNSEL, who looked very progressive when landing what appeared a strong maiden at Ripon last week. This is tougher but with fitness on his side he can get the better of Orientalist, a winner at York and Sandown in late summer and probably unsuited by softer ground in subsequent starts. Belle Royale completed a hat-trick of 6f victories in August and took on much better company later while Common Touch made a winning debut at York in July and is 5lb better off for the two lengths he was beaten by Orientalist back there in September. Nasharra made a winning debut at Leicester in May but he's 16lb higher than when landing a Hamiliton nursery in July.
Nasharra (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 22, 15l behind Ladies Are Forever (7-12) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gs in Oct.
Orientalist 14-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Capaill Liath (9-2) at Ascot 7f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Sep.
Belle Royale (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Bunce (8-5) at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Kingscroft (IRE) 10-11fav (9-5) Dwelt, took keen hold and soon chased leader, pushed along 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, upsides entering final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Bunce (9-7) by nk, 3 ran.
Common Touch (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Orientalist (9-7) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Crown Counsel (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd beating Muhandis (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.