slowly away, keen hold early, green in rear, not handle camber, hung badly left from halfway, soon tailed off, eased
chased leaders, pushed along on stand rail halfway, hard ridden, switched left over 1f out, soon challenging, driven to lead last half furlong, kept on
ridden to lead, brought field over to stand rail over 3f out, hard ridden over 1f out, headed approaching final 1f, no extra final furlong
chased leader to 2f out, weakened, edged left over 1f out
chased leaders, switched left to chase leader 2f out, hard ridden to lead, edged left approaching final 1f, no extra, headed last half furlong
FAITH JICARO looks capable of taking this opener, while Volatilis and Professor John can also get involved. The selection is no nailed on certainty here despite running very well in context on debut at Haydock. That was over a similar trip to this, and with natural improvement we could be forgiven for thinking that this race is there for the taking. However, that form was also on good to firm ground and pedigree suggests that the filly may not be at home with cut in the ground, and she probably won't represent much in the way of value either. Volatilis should be no back number after three improving runs so far, including when not far away on fast ground at Salisbury last time. He too is unproven on cut but if handling the ground should be capable of giving the favourite a bit to think about. Professor John was given a quiet debut at Yarmouth, but could well improve significantly for it and he is respected in such a moderate affair. Pictures is not an obvious debut winner for Luca Cumani, but market support would raise the interest, though Faith Jicaro looks to be the most likely winner.
Holkham Beat Hollow colt out of Spring Sixpence.
Professor John (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Never better than mid-division, 6th of 11, 12l behind Showcasing (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Volatilis (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Prominent, effort to press leaders approaching final furlong, one pace and held when not much room near finish, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Decree Absolute (8-9) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Charlottesometimes (USA) 33-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakening inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 12l behind Mister Angry (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Prominent, chased winner over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Jeanie Johnston (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) gf in Jun.
Cane Cat (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 8l behind Gwynedd (9-0) at Lingfield 5f 2yo fll mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Pictures (IRE) Le Vie Dei Colori filly out of So Glam So Hip.